\ 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 Following a streak of sunny weather, clouds and showers will come to Portland on Sunday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: cool, showery weather returns," 28 June 2020 Notre Dame’s losing streak slid to seven following a loss to UCLA. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Non-league matchup with Howard bigger than basketball for Notre Dame," 27 June 2020 Both day’s tallies surged far beyond the previous single-day high of 1,601 new cases set in mid-May and come amid a streak of 1,000 or more new cases reported daily in Florida 13 of the past 14 days. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "DeSantis: Surging COVID-19 case count fueled by testing ‘high-risk’ Floridians," 17 June 2020 Though not season ticket holders, the Wills had attended several games each of the past few seasons -- a streak that will end after both battled COVID-19 this spring. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama season ticket renewals remain high, fans explain why pandemic won’t stop them," 15 June 2020 Today brings a competitive streak that motivates you., "Horoscope," 15 June 2020 Standard & Poor’s 500 futures dropped 1.8%, after finishing its worst week in nearly three months on Friday to snap a three-week winning streak. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Dow futures shed 500 points on fears of coronavirus resurgence," 15 June 2020 Lindo acts a burning streak through Da 5 Bloods, his mere glances (a guilty, millisecond-long look at his son, before abandoning him) forming the movie’s most unforgettable moments. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 State’s winning streak against Michigan has to end someday, right? Nathan Baird, cleveland, "When will Ohio State football lose to Michigan? Mark It Down Monday on the Buckeye Talk Podcast," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rarely, a muon neutrino collides with a nucleus in the water and turns into a muon, which streaks through the water to produce a shock wave of light that casts a telltale circle on the phototubes. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Skewed neutrino behavior could help explain matter’s dominion over antimatter," 15 Apr. 2020 Those dreams were dashed by mid-October as Oklahoma downed Texas and streaked toward its fifth consecutive conference title. Nick Moyle,, "UT hoping to end turbulent season on high note in Alamo Bowl," 8 Dec. 2019 Stargazers throughout the United States can catch the Orionids streaking through the sky this week. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Orionids meteor shower peaks tonight. Here's how to watch," 21 Oct. 2019 But the faces denied entrance are yours, the weak ones are yours, lamentations and anthems streaking through your veins, dark with sleet and thaw. Joanna Klink, The New Republic, "Night Sky," 3 Oct. 2019 Smoke billowed into the air as hundreds of protesters waited on the other side of the makeshift barrier, many pointing laser beams that streaked the night sky above them. Ken Moritsugu And Raf Wober,, "Hong Kong police storm subway with batons as protests rage for 13th consecutive weekend," 31 Aug. 2019 In this canny scenario, the end-of-Earth calamities are all rolled up into the massive asteroid streaking toward Earth at 22,000 mph, due to hit in 18 days since first sighted by NASA. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Armageddon': THR's 1998 Review," 1 July 2019 Next behind the Bengals in streaking to draft SEC players are the Colts, who have picked at least one in each of the past 18 NFL drafts. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Redskins go for Alabama, Cardinals like Auburn in NFL Draft," 22 Apr. 2020 The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight, with some 18 meteors per hour expected to streak across the night sky in dark spots. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Coronavirus, Ramadan, Orthodox Easter, Earth Day, NFL draft," 19 Apr. 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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“Streak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 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

Other Words from streak

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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