\ 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

Or will the Rams snap their 11-game winning streak? Nate Weitzer,, "Season kicks off with tough test for Springfield Central," 5 Sep. 2019 Liberty comes into a new season riding a 13-game regular-season winning streak after the Lions went 10-0 last year and became the fifth team in Carroll history to craft a perfect regular season. Pat Stoetzer,, "Fall sports previews: 3 things to watch for Carroll County football in 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Men finish on a two-game winning streak, igniting hope among the gullible that ’20 will be better than ’19. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Predicting the Bengals' win total and wondering if UC can beat OSU," 3 Sep. 2019 That loss ends Western Boone’s 16-game winning streak. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Indy-area football Insider power rankings: How things look after Week 2," 1 Sep. 2019 The Aztecs went on a 10-game winning streak thereafter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 Thoughts on Aztecs’ 6-0 win over Weber State," 1 Sep. 2019 With Saturday's victory, the Reds won their 13th straight Premier League match – the only team in England's top six tiers carrying a 100% record into the second month of the season, and the club's longest winning streak in the top flight., "Jurgen Klopp Refuses to Get Carried Away Despite Liverpool Bettering Club Record Win Streak," 1 Sep. 2019 The Lynx have picked the right time for their first four-game winning streak of the season. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Lynx finish strong, beat Fever for fourth straight win," 1 Sep. 2019 The Cardinal has won 22 straight home nonconference games since losing to Notre Dame in 2007, while Northwestern had its eight-game road winning streak snapped. Harold Gutmann, The Mercury News, "Stanford wins its opener, but did it lose its quarterback?," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Major James Burdock, the name used by the site’s editor-in-chief, appears frequently, often wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat, his face sometimes streaked with black and green camouflage face paint. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 Just be sure that the avocado is fully blended with the almond butter and maple syrup before adding the other ingredients because no one wants their fudge streaked with greenish-brown. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "A Healthy Fudge Recipe You Can Eat Straight From the Fridge," 23 July 2019 Inspections had found cells reeking of feces and vomit, overflowing and leaky toilets, and women inmates with hair matted with fecal matter or their clothes streaked with blood. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Judge to Fulton: Fix repulsive jail conditions for mentally ill women," 23 July 2019 White-gloved security guards directed us past a heap of Styrofoam boxes, some as big as coffins, their insides streaked with blood. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 La Cañada snapped a losing streaking that dated back to 2016 with a 37-6 nonleague victory against New Design Watts. Vincent Nguyenstaff Writer, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Football Preview: La Cañada looks to rebound, eyes postseason berth," 20 Aug. 2019 The Timbers took an early lead in the 11th minute Wednesday after Chicago goalkeeper David Ousted came off his line with Timbers winger Marvin Loria streaking into the box. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers beat Chicago Fire 3-2 in wild game at Providence Park," 14 Aug. 2019 And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish. Dorrine Mendoza, CNN, "Robin Williams: His advice still matters," 11 Aug. 2019 The footage, shown on state television, allegedly shows President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov streaking through the desert at high speeds and drove doughnuts around the 220-foot-wide fiery pit, spinning in the dust. Fox News, "Turkmenistan leader purportedly drives doughnuts around ‘Gateway to Hell’ amid death rumors," 8 Aug. 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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