\ 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

At Bombay Darbar, my group was happy with the cavalcade of flavors and colors -- deep reds, foreboding browns, creamy oranges slicked with white streaks -- that came from chef Rajesh Rana’s kitchen. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 Teal Bunbury had a 25-game scoreless streak spanning two seasons before Arena’s first match on the bench. Frank Dell’apa,, "Revolution have regained their confidence under Bruce Arena," 13 June 2019 And Blackmon has reached safely in all 22 of his games played at Coors Field — the longest home on-base streak to start a season by a Rockies player since Vinny Castilla reached safely in his first 23 home games in 2014. Mark Gonzales,, "5 takeaways from the Cubs-Rockies series, including a potential 'spicy' rematch in October and Javier Baez's heroics," 13 June 2019 But the Blues cultivated a resilience that propelled them to an 11-game winning streak, to the most points in the league after Jan. 1 and through four grueling playoff series, each tied after four games. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "St. Louis Blues Claim the Stanley Cup, Ending a 52-Year Wait," 12 June 2019 Oviedo started the year with a fabulous fall championship streak and rode that wave of success all the way to the Varsity Cup championship. Buddy Collings,, "Oviedo captures Orlando Sentinel high school all-sports trophy," 12 June 2019 Zegras appeals as a two-way forward with a creative streak, the kind who, like Thomas Vanek, makes plays other players don’t even think of. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings mock draft: Trevor Zegras' creativity could be key to future," 10 June 2019 The win snapped a five-game winless streak in league competition and was the team’s first since defeating Tacoma Defiance on April 26. Terrence Thomas,, "A night of salutes and a comeback," 9 June 2019 Notable: Laureano extended the majors’ longest current on-base streak to 28 games with a second-inning single. Lary Bump, The Mercury News, "Olson, Davis power A’s past Rangers," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first glacier that came into view was the Tokositna, a dramatic ribbon of ice feathered with crevasses and streaked with dark silt. Anchorage Daily News, "Taking the plunge: Glacier skiing and climbing in the shadow of the Moose’s Tooth," 10 June 2019 Just back from a family getaway to Puerto Rico, Cranford’s shoulder-length strands are textured and streaked from surf and sun. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "This New Downtown Salon Specializes In Model Off-Duty Waves and “Vacation Hair”," 7 Sep. 2018 Tall, bare peaks surrounded by healthier forests, all dotted and streaked with silvery-blue waters. Debbi Snook,, "Canadian Rockies a towering visual treat by foot -- or bus (photos, video)," 18 Mar. 2018 Nonetheless, a crowd of 131,256 reveled in the sun-streaked afternoon, as one band after another took the infield concert stage. Liz Clarke, The Seattle Times, "At the center of Kentucky Derby controversy, War of Will is vindicated with victory in Preakness Stakes," 18 May 2019 In his police mugshot, Rich’s face is streaked with blood. Matthew Ormseth,, "Arraignment Postponed For Granby Man Charged With Attempted Murder Of Parents," 14 Feb. 2018 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

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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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