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streak

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noun \ ˈstrēk \

Definition of streak

1 :a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground :stripe
2 a :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
3 a :a narrow band of light
b :a lightning bolt
4 a :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

Examples of streak in a Sentence

  1. He left streaks where he wiped the glass.

  2. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces.

  3. a streak of 11 straight victories

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of streak

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

streaker

noun

Examples of streak in a Sentence

  1. A shooting star streaked across the sky.

  2. A skateboarder streaked past us.

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First Known Use of streak

1576

streak Synonyms

Synonyms
band, bar, stripe
Related Words
blaze


STREAK Defined for English Language Learners

streak

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noun

Definition of streak for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of streak for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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streak

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noun \ ˈstrēk \

Definition of streak for Students

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

streaked

\ˈstrēkt, ˈstrē-kəd\ adjective

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streak

verb

Definition of streak for Students

streaked; streaking
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.

Medical Dictionary

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streak

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noun \ ˈstrēk \

medical Definition of streak

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

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streak

transitive verb

medical Definition of streak

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


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