\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

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


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


streaker noun

Synonyms for streak

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Will the postponements derail the season for UM, which was building momentum during its current four-game winning streak? David Furones,, "The Miami Hurricanes’ COVID-19 outbreak put a damper on a promising season, but what does it really mean?," 20 Nov. 2020 Quarterback Spencer Rattler stumbled a bit early in the season, but the former blue-chip recruit has been outstanding of late, throwing eight touchdown passes compared to just two picks during the Sooners’ current four-game winning streak. C.j. Doon,, "College football storylines, Week 12: An Indiana vs. Northwestern Big Ten title game? It could happen.," 20 Nov. 2020 During that six-game streak, OSU was favored by anywhere from 19 to 35.5 points. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Can Ohio State football cover another big spread against a top-10 Indiana team?," 20 Nov. 2020 Watts, a junior college transfer, has 16 catches for 256 yards and four touchdowns during the winning streak. G Smith,, "Not there yet: Players, coaches want more from Tulane offense despite string of 30-point games," 18 Nov. 2020 During the four-game losing streak, Chicago’s offense has produced four touchdowns and seven field goals. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Eddie Jackson speaks up after Chicago Bears’ latest loss," 18 Nov. 2020 Flower Mound has lost just one set during its winning streak. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Final volleyball area rankings (11/18): Flower Mound, Lovejoy finish No. 1; Sachse joins top 10," 18 Nov. 2020 Wilson has thrown four interceptions and lost three fumbles during the Seahawks' losing streak. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks look ahead to facing the Arizona Cardinals in critical game," 17 Nov. 2020 The Jags are giving up north of 30 points per game during their eight-game losing streak. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars picks, predictions: Who wins in NFL Week 11?," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Northern Taurid meteors streak across the sky at 18 miles per second, according to AMS, and that's slower than the average meteor. Megan Marples, CNN, "Fireballs will light up the sky during Northern Taurid meteor shower this week," 10 Nov. 2020 Typically, the greatest number of Orionid meteors streak the sky during the few hours before dawn. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Fast Forwarding to November," 18 Oct. 2020 Montreal started the match in a 4-3-3 shape, focused on bogging down the middle and allowing the fullbacks to streak up and down the flanks. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City pushes for road win over Montreal Impact," 31 Oct. 2020 The meteors will streak eastward and will be visible from anywhere on Earth, with as many as 20 to 25 zipping by per hour. Editors, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 stimulus deal, hurricane season, World Series begins: 5 things to know Tuesday," 20 Oct. 2020 Oviedo’s defending state champion girls bowling team kept its two-year unbeaten streak going while winning Monday’s District 7 tournament championship. Buddy Collings,, "Lake Highland serves up region volleyball sweep | Varsity Report," 27 Oct. 2020 Is the Volunteers' winning streak a sign of a program that has turned the corner? Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The five biggest questions for Week 6 in college football," 8 Oct. 2020 Expect to see a few meteors streak across the sky in an hour. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Draconid meteor shower 2020: How and when to watch," 6 Oct. 2020 The 22 innings without a run is the longest postseason scoreless streak in franchise history. Charles Odum,, "Anderson shines as Braves shut out Reds again to sweep series," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of streak


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


1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for streak


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

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The first known use of streak was before the 12th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Streak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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



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


\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

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

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streaked \ ˈstrēkt , ˈstrē-​kəd \ adjective


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.


\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

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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