streak

noun
\ ˈstrēk \

Definition of streak 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground : stripe

2a : the color of the fine powder of a mineral obtained by scratching or rubbing against a hard white surface and constituting an important distinguishing character

b : inoculum implanted in a line on a solid medium

c : any of numerous virus diseases of plants (such as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings

3a : a narrow band of light

b : a lightning bolt

4a : a slight admixture : trace had a mean streak in him

b : a brief run (as of luck)

c : a consecutive series was on a winning streak

5 : a narrow layer (as of fat)

6 : an act or instance of streaking

streak

verb
streaked; streaking; streaks

Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make streaks on or in tears streaking her face

intransitive verb

1 : to move swiftly : rush a jet streaking across the sky

2 : to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)

3 : to run naked through a public place

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Other words from streak

Verb

streaker noun

Examples of streak in a Sentence

Noun

He left streaks where he wiped the glass. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces. a streak of 11 straight victories

Verb

A shooting star streaked across the sky. A skateboarder streaked past us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That streak ended on Thursday, when the nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards were announced in Los Angeles. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018 But that streak carried through Sept. 8, for a total of 33 rain-free days. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018 The group will need to make strides in order to extend the Bulldogs’ bowl streak. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Talented Louisiana Tech is No. 49 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 July 2018 Not even a scoreless performance from starting pitcher Danny Duffy could end the Royals’ losing streak. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 2018 The win snapped the Padres’ streak of eight straight losses in series openers (and 19 of their last 20). Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres hit, take opener against Diamondbacks," 5 July 2018 Milwaukee has hit a total of in the streak that dates to Sept. 13, 2016. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 12, Brewers 3: Tight affair turns into laugher in seventh inning," 30 June 2018 The purple lip ring matched the purple streak in her hair, which matched the purple nail polish. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 Stevens hauled in two catches on the South's final series for a combined 53 yards, but the North pushed its series winning streak to four straight, prevailing 27-24. Rich Torress, Indianapolis Star, "North extends winning streak to four in IFCA All-Star game," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Johnson would streak down the floor and hit a teammate with a no-look pass or take an easy shot for a basket. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Broncos love having Santos run the show," 8 Feb. 2018 The gap in their arrivals approximates the gap between appearances by Halley’s Comet, the most famous of the thousands of comets that streak through our solar system. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Witnesses reported loud explosions and video caught a meteoroid fireball streaking through the sky. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "For Just 2nd Time Ever, Meteor Hunters Recover Chunks of Rock They Tracked From Space," 9 July 2018 But the shot bounced into UT's bullpen for a ground-rule double, preventing lead baserunner Miller from streaking home to tie the game. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas defeats Indiana to advance to super regionals," 3 June 2018 The suspect had already fled by the time police responded, but the employee was able to provide police with footage of Justice streaking through the parking lot. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Fast food flasher: Streaker targeted Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bell, Waffle House, cops say," 10 May 2018 There's no contorting and twisting down a halfpipe or streaking through a mogul field in aerials. Nick Pachelli, Esquire, "What It Feels Like To Be an Olympic Aerial Skier," 16 Feb. 2018 There are two types of people in this world: The ones who are totally comfortable being totally naked, and the ones who'd rather jump into a burlap onesie than go streaking. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "What it Truly Means to Be a Naked Person in 2018," 1 Feb. 2018 The Yankees also had minor concerns about Aaron Hicks, the streaking center fielder who was removed from the game in the seventh inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. David Waldstein, New York Times, "For the Yankees, a Win Ends With Concerns About Aroldis Chapman," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of streak

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for streak

Noun

Middle English streke, from Old English strica; akin to Old High German strich line, Latin striga row — more at strike

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streak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, thin mark that is a different color from its background

: a quality that is noticeable especially because it is different from a person's other qualities

: a period of repeated success or failure

streak

verb

English Language Learners Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make long lines of a different color on or in (something)

: to go or move very quickly

: to run through a public place naked in order to get attention

streak

noun
\ ˈstrēk \

Kids Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line or mark of a different color or texture from its background You left a streak of mud on the rug.

2 : a narrow band of light a streak of lightning

3 : an amount of a quality She's got a stubborn streak.

4 : a short series of something a winning streak

Other words from streak

streaked \ˈstrēkt, ˈstrē-kəd \ adjective

streak

verb
streaked; streaking

Kids Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or have a line or mark of color in or on His hair is streaked with gray.

2 : to move swiftly : rush A jet streaked across the sky.

streak

noun
\ ˈstrēk \

Medical Definition of streak 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually irregular line or stripe — see primitive streak

2 : inoculum implanted (as with a needle drawn across the surface) in a line on a solid medium

Medical Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium

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