\ 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

band, bar, stripe

Synonyms: Verb

band, bar, stripe

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Examples of streak in a Sentence


He left streaks where he wiped the glass. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces. a streak of 11 straight victories


A shooting star streaked across the sky. A skateboarder streaked past us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still, the Trojans extended their streak of making the playoffs to 21 years. Ben Thomas |, al, "Daphne coach Kenny King hopes to return alma mater to title contention in Year 4," 6 Aug. 2019 Ramsland, 14 years old, completed his 6th straight undefeated season, extending his unbeaten streak to 36 dive meets in the CMDL. Rick Culbertson,, "Ramsland, Breschi bring home titles for Aberdeen Dive Team," 6 Aug. 2019 Fiers extended his streak of allowing three runs or fewer and completing at least five innings to 18 starts. Rusty Simmons,, "Mike Fiers stays hot as A’s win series opener against St. Louis," 3 Aug. 2019 Rafael Devers extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Wednesday. Brandon Chase,, "Game 110: Rays at Red Sox lineups and notes," 1 Aug. 2019 Goldschmidt was 1-for-13 against Darvish before hitting a single to right and his game-winning homer that extended his hitting streak to eight games (.364). Mark Gonzales,, "Paul Goldschmidt knocks the Cubs into 2nd place in the NL Central with a tiebreaking HR: ‘He’s a monster’," 31 July 2019 They are heavily favored to extend that streak to 11 straight seasons., "Can Tom Brady outrun Father Time? 10 questions for the New England Patriots as training camp opens," 31 July 2019 Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI double in the third inning. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics snap three-game win streak in loss to Milwaukee Brewers," 31 July 2019 Rookie Matt Thaiss opened the scoring, his two-run homer in the second extending his modest hitting streak to five games. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels’ Griffin Canning pitches one of his best games against Tigers," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For people hoping to see waves of shooting stars streaking across the heavens, however, there’s one caveat this year. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Here comes the best meteor shower of the year: How and when to watch the Perseids," 8 Aug. 2019 Like many train stations in Hong Kong, this one connected directly to a shopping center—also developed by Sun Hung Kai—and photos later showed blood stains streaked across the mall’s floor. Mary Hui, Quartz, "How shopping malls became a battleground in Hong Kong’s protests," 23 July 2019 There’s plenty of pretty shots of fighter jets streaking across bleak landscapes, as well as throwbacks to the original. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Comic-Con 2019 trailer round-up: The Expanse, Star Trek, Westworld, and more," 21 July 2019 While most people in Florida were sleeping, others were pointing their cellphones toward the sky and recording a bright light that seemed to be a big fireball streaking across the sky. Doug Phillips,, "Bright light through Florida’s overnight sky wasn’t a UFO or fireball after all," 3 July 2019 And those generals, clad in their four-star finery, are expected to be standing beside Trump at the Lincoln Memorial when fighter jets streak across the sky and the president delivers his speech. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "Trump says his generals are ‘thrilled’ with his Fourth of July salute. Their silence suggests otherwise.," 3 July 2019 Four centuries ago, a comet streaked across the sky, capturing the attention of German astronomer Johannes Kepler. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 Thunder roars above apes’ wild calls All the time the rain pelted down, harder and harder, while lightning streaked across the leaden sky and crashing thunder almost drowned the wild calling of the apes. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 On her way to court fifty, Legacy did pass a few kids sitting alone, tears streaking their faces. Melody Chiu,, "Get a First Look at Kobe Bryant's Upcoming Young Adult Novel Legacy and The Queen," 26 July 2019

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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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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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