streak

noun
\ ˈstrēk \

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

Sunday’s win against China qualified Team USA for the quarterfinals and brought the team’s winning streak at the World Cup to 18 games. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Basketball Women's National Team Is Currently Vying For Its Third Consecutive World Cup Victory," 24 Sep. 2018 Those declines have weighed on the S&P 500’s consumer-discretionary sector, which snapped a four-session losing streak Thursday but is down 10.2% since the start of October. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Retailers Slump as Market Volatility Spreads," 15 Nov. 2018 The Connecticut Sun let out a collective sigh of relief Friday night after pulling out a last-minute victory over the Phoenix Mercury, 91-87, and effectively snapping their three-game losing streak. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Connecticut Sun Defeat Phoenix Mercury, Snap Losing Streak," 13 July 2018 Using a four-run first inning, the team cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Cyclones to snap a three-game losing streak. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 On Sunday, Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak with a win against Philadelphia. SI.com, "The American League Controls the Top and Bottom Tiers of Our Power Rankings," 10 July 2018 The Baltimore Orioles have become baseball’s patsies this season, entering Monday with a six-game losing streak and the worst record in the majors. New York Times, "Split Doubleheader Costs Yankees Ground in A.L. East Race," 9 July 2018 The victory snapped Orlando’s two-game losing streak. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Late Marta goal lifts Orlando Pride to 2-1 win over Washington Spirit," 7 July 2018 League City Red made sure there wouldn’t be a two-game losing streak going into the Coast Region Tournament when the meat of the batting order had a great IF game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 To visitors, blurting their approval as wigs and sets streaked past, the studio’s arteries seemed like the most fun and exciting place in world. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 Alleven London's Colour Shield is the product that made Bey's skin look FaceTuned during her whole set, without streaking or smudging. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 But unlike many of his prior games, in which his follow-up passes would sail over teammates’ heads or out of bounds entirely, his cross this time found a streaking Roldan perfectly. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 The rest of the Democrats were caught colluding with streaking protesters. Fox News, "Nation marks 17 years since attacks of Sept. 11," 12 Sep. 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 \

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 \

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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