\ 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Players to watch: Wild LW Kevin Fiala is on a six-game point streak, which is tied for the longest this season on the Wild. Star Tribune, "Wednesday's Wild-Colorado game preview," 6 Apr. 2021 Iowa had been on a streak of 19 straight losing seasons before six straight bowl appearances from 1981-86 with Alvarez on staff. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barry Alvarez's arrival at Wisconsin was marked by swagger and an unforgettable quote," 6 Apr. 2021 After missing the November 2020 Masters because of a case of COVID-19, 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia is happy to be back and get started on a new major streak., "Tiger Woods is being missed at the Masters," 6 Apr. 2021 In a tournament known on occasion to reward flawed teams on a hot streak, Baylor proved to be as deserving a champion as any the Final Four has produced over the past few decades. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Finger: For Scott Drew and Baylor, a triumph with no script needed," 6 Apr. 2021 With his Mavericks team on a four-game winning streak, Luka Doncic on Monday received his latest NBA-wide honor. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic earns Western Conference Player of the Week, joining Dirk Nowitzki in Mavs’ award history," 5 Apr. 2021 Chadwick has been on a winning streak for his final movie performance, with his wife Simone accepting the Golden Globe, the NAACP Award, the Gotham Award and the Critics' Choice Award for her husband in heartfelt speeches. Alexia Fernández,, "Chadwick Boseman's Widow Simone Movingly Quotes Late Actor While Accepting His 2021 SAG Award," 4 Apr. 2021 Houston is an American Athletic Conference tournament champion on an 11-game win streak. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Final Four: Gonzaga's the favorite, but all the teams have great basketball stories to tell," 3 Apr. 2021 McCracken County, like Muhlenberg County, is a team in western Kentucky named the Mustangs and is currently on a long winning streak since losing to the same school, Hopkinsville. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Highlands senior Sam Vinson's dunk off of backboard pass makes ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Michigan goalie Strauss Mann, who carried a three-game Big Ten tournament shutout streak into the semifinal, stopped 37 shots, including six in the extra session. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers win in OT, reach Big Ten hockey title game," 15 Mar. 2021 An uncrewed aerial vehicle like Speed Racer, however, could streak into enemy airspace with a sensor package, sending data back to the C-12 that launched it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Skunk Works Reveals Its Secret 'Speed Racer' Aircraft," 2 Mar. 2021 Alex Pietrangelo extended his points streak to three games with a goal and an assist while Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves, including a pair on point-blank shots from Isac Lundestrom in overtime. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Karlsson scores twice, lifts Golden Knights past Ducks in OT," 28 Feb. 2021 The Warhawks have lost in either the sectional semis or finals five of the last seven years, but could this be the year that streak ends? Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Facing an opponent that hadn't lost in the playoffs in five years, KK Arnold and Germantown roll into the sectional final," 19 Feb. 2021 Shooting stars will start to streak across the sky as early as 9 or 10 p.m. local time. Editors, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus vaccine, pro-Trump DC rally, Army-Navy game: 5 things to know this weekend," 13 Dec. 2020 The tile floors in Pillsbury Community School in northeast Minneapolis are shiny clean and streak free — the telltale sign that students haven't walked the halls since last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced them into distance learning. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis schools prepare elementary buildings ahead of students' return," 3 Feb. 2021 Australia time, the team will look for a fireball to streak across the Australian sky. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hayabusa2 mission will land the first subsurface asteroid samples on Earth," 5 Dec. 2020 After the Chargers’ next offensive possession stalled, the punting unit allowed Gunner Olszewski to streak down the sideline 70 yards for a touchdown. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "‘Unacceptable’ special teams play dooms Chargers in historic loss," 6 Dec. 2020

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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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“Streak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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