streak·​ing ˈstrē-kiŋ How to pronounce streaking (audio)
: the lightening (as by chemicals) of a few long strands of hair to produce a streaked effect

Examples of streaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their primary logo was equally forgettable: the name of the team inside of a streaking basketball, which was presumably a pass being thrown out of bounds. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Lamar Jackson broke free for a 21-yard run on fourth-and-1, and found a streaking Zay Flowers in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown to tie this game in the first quarter. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2024 The camera is part of a worldwide network of all-sky cameras to detect meteors streaking through Earth's atmosphere. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 Nov. 2023 Sports Plaschke: Super Bowl LVIII: Wrong-way Plaschke picks lovable 49ers over villainous Chiefs Feb. 9, 2024 Tunney officiated during the era of streaking, too, and saw his share of people weaving through security guards while unencumbered by clothing. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Byfield set up the second goal by stripping Connor McDavid of the puck in the defensive zone and feeding a streaking Trevor Lewis. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Strasburg was a comet streaking across the San Diego sky well before. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 This long-exposure photo shows a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket streaking into space from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2024 The same year, Krausz’s group used a slightly different method known as streaking to produce and study individual bursts, each lasting 650 attoseconds. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streaking was circa 1964

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“Streaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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