streak

noun
\ 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

streak

verb
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

Verb

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

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

That changed on Thursday morning, when the premium cable network's 17-year streak as the most Emmy nominated network came to an end. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: HBO's Most Nominated Streak Ends Amid AT&T's Volume Push," 12 July 2018 Roger Federer’s Wimbledon win streak came to a shocking halt Wednesday. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Roger Federer had a brutally honest response to his stunning Wimbledon upset," 11 July 2018 His hot streak comes at a time when the Orioles are poised to activate infielder Tim Beckham next week after two months out following core muscle surgery. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Peterson returns to Atlanta on hot streak; Mancini held out again with sore neck," 22 June 2018 Rejoice, Rangers fans, the Astros' 12-game win streak came to end end Tuesday night. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Move over Astros, league's current best win streak resides up north," 19 June 2018 That streak came to a crashing halt, though, as the Twins touched him up for seven runs. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for June 12," 12 June 2018 Kevin Harvick’s hot streak came to a quick end Sunday. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Kevin Harvick's last-place finish at 600 makes wrong kind of history for him | Charlotte Observer," 27 May 2018 Triple threat Carlotta Kohl lit up the ‘gram with a pink hair streak, a heavy winged liner and a light blush lip. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Adwoa Aboah, Beyoncé, and More," 24 Feb. 2019 Gebhardt and his brother-in-law were laborers at a pulp mill, but had reputations as toughs with nasty, racist streaks — and rap sheets: Gebhardt had been charged with aggravated assault several times and had spent time in a Georgia penitentiary. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A black man was murdered for dating a white woman. His killer was sentenced — 35 years later.," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Love gathered a CJ Miles miss and connected with a streaking LeBron James for a layup -- James' first made basket of the night. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love throws long-distance outlet pass to LeBron James for layup (video)," 12 Jan. 2018 There's long exposure shots, showing stars streaking across the sky in a dizzying array of circles. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography," 28 Mar. 2017 Every cave featured both tight passages and massive chambers, some as high as 150 feet, often streaked in blues, greens, grays or yellows derived from trace minerals and organic acids. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "House finches right at home raising family here," 17 May 2018 In December 2017 a police dashboard camera captured incredible footage of a fireball streaking across the sky in New Jersey. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Maday, 18, said after the hearing, her hair streaked with pink color. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Appellate court considers locker room case from former Palatine High transgender student," 26 June 2018 Our view of this hyperactive region is obscured by interstellar dust particles, which together absorb virtually every photon streaking toward Earth. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 The Italian eatery offers the ideal vantage point to appreciate the capitalist vibe zooming through this city like the endless stream of motorcycles streaking past. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of streak

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for streak

Noun

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

noun

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

streak

verb

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

streak

noun
\ 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

streak

verb
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.

streak

noun
\ 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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