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

Car companies, facing cooling U.S. demand for cars and trucks after a multiyear growth streak, are also reluctant to pass costs on to car buyers by raising prices. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Trump Tariffs Pit Auto Companies Against Each Other," 9 Nov. 2018 The state has always had a populist streak, but political winds have shifted to the conservative side of late — especially as coal jobs have left and the economy has tanked. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The 16 most interesting House races of 2018," 6 Nov. 2018 The Knights, riding a 20-game winning streak, earned that spot last year, beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl and proclaimed themselves national champions. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top 1st CFP rankings," 31 Oct. 2018 Nothing can shake their relationship...except for Jenna, who has just arrived, has a pink streak in her hair, and is apparently an alien. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: Finally, It's John's Time to Shine," 14 Aug. 2018 Streaking on the farm Three Orioles prospects on Thursday extended long hitting streaks as their clubs came out of the minor league All-Star break. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Streaky Beckham seeking 'a little more consistency'; Yacabonis on track for Sunday start," 13 July 2018 Netflix finally broke that streak, earning 112 nominations this year. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 There have been false dawns in this long losing streak, and many declarations that this time will be different. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 The Bulldogs closed the season a three-game win streak, including a 51-10 victory over SMU in the Frisco Bowl. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Talented Louisiana Tech is No. 49 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But unlike many of his prior games, in which his follow-up passes would sail over teammates’ heads or out of bounds entirely, his cross this time found a streaking Roldan perfectly. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 The rest of the Democrats were caught colluding with streaking protesters. Fox News, "Nation marks 17 years since attacks of Sept. 11," 12 Sep. 2018 On the second day of the summit, planes from the British Royal Air Force streaked overhead celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 Her platinum blond–streaked mane seemed an essential part of her personal style and writerly aesthetic. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 Blocks, streaking down a vertical screen, with the goal of the player arranging the blocks in orderly grids. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 Blood streaked her legs for days afterward, and weeks later, her ankles are still swollen. Fox News, "Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 Niang shanked a golden opportunity in the 19th minute, after left back Youssouf Sabaly did fabulously to intercept a pass intended for Lukasz Piszczek, beat a defender one-on-one, then split the defense with a pass to his streaking forward. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Niang Seals Senegal's Win Over Poland on Bizarre Sequence," 19 June 2018 The Union’s winless streak in road games is now 14 games, dating back to May 13 of last year — and that 4-0 victory at D.C. United was their only road win of the season. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union's loss at Rapids set record for youngest defense in MLS history, for better and worse," 2 Apr. 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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