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 Clooneys are on another stylish streak while promoting George's latest project, Catch 22, in Rome. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney's Boho Chic Airport Style Has Us Ready for Summer," 14 May 2019 And the fact that four nations will have built that streak is a testament to the continent’s depth. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 That streak was the third longest in team history behind Armando Benitez’s streaks of 14 1/3 and 12 consecutive hitless innings in 2004. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "As trade rumors swirl, Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough named NL’s top reliever in June," 2 July 2018 Photo composite: Heather Seidel/WSJ Amazon.com Inc. recorded a third straight record profit, but uncertainty in India and a possible uptick in spending threaten to cut short that streak. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon Notches Third Record Profit in a Row," 31 Jan. 2019 That streak ended in 2003, when the shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry, killing all seven crew members. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Whether that streak carries through the confirmation process remains a major question. Tara Golshan, Vox, "These senators will make or break Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote," 28 Sep. 2018 But that historic streak stands to be tested in 2020, with at least three Democratic mayors mulling presidential campaigns: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 That streak ended when Nick Ahmed led off the fifth by lining a hanging, two-strike slider into left for a double. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt adjusts, launches go-ahead HR," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shooting stars streak through the night sky above Florida’s Space Coast as the Perseid meteor shower approaches its peak. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 Or the adorable, painted-on windshield wipers? Or that streaked glass detail? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Camper-Inspired Picnic Blanket Is the Ultimate Retro Accessory for Summer," 11 Apr. 2019 Baseball history is riddled with meteors that streaked across the sky and burnt out. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Historic or hysterical? Mariners’ magical start borders on the absurd, but oh what fun it is," 12 Apr. 2019 If water gets cloudy, fill a fresh bucket to avoid streaking. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Love gathered a CJ Miles miss and connected with a streaking LeBron James for a layup -- James' first made basket of the night. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love throws long-distance outlet pass to LeBron James for layup (video)," 12 Jan. 2018 There's long exposure shots, showing stars streaking across the sky in a dizzying array of circles. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography," 28 Mar. 2017 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

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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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