streak

noun
\ 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

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

Synonyms for streak

Synonyms: Noun

band, bar, stripe

Synonyms: Verb

band, bar, stripe

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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

The collaboration streak has definitely put Rimowa in front of more eyes. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Overhauling Heritage (With an Edge of Clever Hype): A Conversation with Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault," 27 Feb. 2019 While the current streak of violence can’t be directly connected to Trump, there are certainly threads of his rhetoric in recent events. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump calls media the “true Enemy of the People” the same day a bomb is sent to CNN," 29 Oct. 2018 The unexpected white streaks amplify the texture of lashes, making them appear fluffier and wispier than ever. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These "Salt and Pepper" Lash Extensions Are Instagram's Unexpected Way to Get Fuller-Looking Lashes," 10 Sep. 2018 The streaks of strange light have come to be known as STEVEs. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet STEVE: The Light Phenomenon That's Not Aurora Borealis," 22 Aug. 2018 Shin-Soo Choo walked in the third inning to extend his on-base streak to 48 games. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How the rotation could become even more jumbled by Aug. 1," 10 July 2018 Margot, who did walk in the first inning to extend his on-base streak to seven games, finished 0-for-3. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Margot's crucial out; Ross better than before; Texas ties," 27 June 2018 Anderson had two hits on Monday night, driving in two runs with a fourth-inning double and extending his on-base streak to 22 games. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 5," 26 June 2018 The Michigan football team continued its hot streak on the recruiting trail, earning another verbal commitment Monday afternoon. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football adds to 2019 class with Georgia CB DJ Turner," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every cave featured both tight passages and massive chambers, some as high as 150 feet, often streaked in blues, greens, grays or yellows derived from trace minerals and organic acids. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "House finches right at home raising family here," 17 May 2018 In December 2017 a police dashboard camera captured incredible footage of a fireball streaking across the sky in New Jersey. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Maday, 18, said after the hearing, her hair streaked with pink color. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Appellate court considers locker room case from former Palatine High transgender student," 26 June 2018 Our view of this hyperactive region is obscured by interstellar dust particles, which together absorb virtually every photon streaking toward Earth. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 The Italian eatery offers the ideal vantage point to appreciate the capitalist vibe zooming through this city like the endless stream of motorcycles streaking past. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 To visitors, blurting their approval as wigs and sets streaked past, the studio’s arteries seemed like the most fun and exciting place in world. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 Alleven London's Colour Shield is the product that made Bey's skin look FaceTuned during her whole set, without streaking or smudging. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 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 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

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 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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