\ 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Anthony Rizzo capped the Yankees’ eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam off the facing of the third deck in right, and New York extended its winning streak to eight with a 12-3 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Ian Harrison, ajc, 18 June 2022 Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a season-long 10 games on Friday night ... Globe Staff,, 18 June 2022 Rosario’s first homer of the season extended his hitting streak to nine games. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 15 June 2022 Golden State extended its streak of winning a playoff game on the road to 27 series, and this victory was much-needed. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 11 June 2022 Rafael Devers homered and drove in two runs as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four and got back to .500 (27-27) for the first time since April 22. Michael Wagaman, Hartford Courant, 6 June 2022 Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor hit their sixth home runs and Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 26 games by going two for four with an RBI. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Ketel Marte's two-run home run in the top of the fifth broke a 3-3 tie, and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2022 The performances extended Hamilton’s winning streak to eight and raised its record to 12-4. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson did the heaviest lifting, extending his scoreless innings streak over the last month to 26 by posting six more zeros against the second-highest-scoring club in the major leagues. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 There are quiet droning passages interrupted by slivers of voice, and busy riffs that streak like marbling. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 The SpaceX Crew Dragon will streak back into the atmosphere while traveling at more than 22 times the speed of sound, putting the astronauts through intense G-forces as the final portion of their descent begins. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 May 2022 New Orleans’ streak without a first-rounder from the SEC is the longest in the NFL. Mark Inabinett |, al, 27 Apr. 2022 The scoreless draw between the U.S. and Mexico last Thursday in Estadio Azteca was the third draw in as many qualifying cycles between the two border rivals in Mexico and ran the Americans’ unbeaten streak versus Mexico to four games. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Hopeful for publicity for his pornography website, Zdorovetskiy persuaded Andrade to streak in the pink swimsuit with the site’s name on the front. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Burns, Josh Matheny, Tomer Frankel and Rafael Miroslaw set an IU record of 3:00.95 in the 400 medley, extending the Hoosiers’ streak to seven in a row. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2022 Danbury has been dominant in the sport, winning 21 of the last 25 Class LL titles, with only Xavier and Newtown disrupting the Hatters’ streak over the last quarter century. Lori Riley,, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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


transitive verb

Medical Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium

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