\ 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 Kansas City second baseman Whit Merrifield has the longest active streak of consecutive games with 332., "J.D. Martinez’s planned day off turns into another stellar night at the plate for the Sox," 1 May 2021 Johnson extends IU’s streak of players drafted into the NFL to eight years. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU safety Jamar Johnson selected in the fifth round of NFL Draft by Denver Broncos," 1 May 2021 Wilson’s selection extends the Gators’ streak of six years with a defensive back drafted, but also served as vindication for the Fort Lauderdale product. Edgar Thompson,, "UF fast-rising DB Marco Wilson headed to Arizona Cardinals as a fourth-round pick," 1 May 2021 Berkshire continued its streak of major stock repurchases by investing $6.6 billion in its own stock during the quarter. Josh Funk, ajc, "Warren Buffett warns investors not to gamble on stocks," 1 May 2021 The Celtics’ longest streak of using the same starting five in consecutive games is four. Sean Deveney, Forbes, "The Obvious Explanation For The Mysterious 2020-21 Boston Celtics," 28 Apr. 2021 Monday was White’s 28th straight game, his longest streak of the season. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Injured ankle latest misfortune to hit Spurs' Derrick White," 27 Apr. 2021 Illinois goes from 18 to 17 House members, continuing a 40-year streak of losing congressional seats. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Winners and losers from first release of 2020 census data," 26 Apr. 2021 Continuing a streak of statement-making looks, both on and off the proverbial red carpet, the actress attended the 2021 ceremony in California wearing a chic new hairstyle: baby bangs and a sharp, angled bob. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Halle Berry's Bob Haircut Stole the Show at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kirill Kaprizov answered back at 4:28 of the third on the power play to push his goal streak to five games. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild's winning streak grows to seven games with win over San Jose," 24 Apr. 2021 Monday's game extended his iron man streak to 899 games, fourth all-time. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe's NHL record for games played," 20 Apr. 2021 Big flash and streak across sky in West Palm Beach. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Meteor blazes across South Florida skies," 13 Apr. 2021 Kopps extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 innings. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Razorbacks rally to take Game 1 at Ole Miss," 10 Apr. 2021 Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Brandon Saad and J.T. Compher scored in a four-goal second period, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Monday night to extend their league-best points streak to 15 games (13-0-2). Mike Cook, Star Tribune, "Avalanche extend point streak to 15 games, beat Wild 5-4," 5 Apr. 2021 Nuno and her family would go to the beach and watch meteors streak across the sky. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it's like to attend 'Space Club' with astronauts and planetary explorers," 2 Apr. 2021 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

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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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3 May 2021

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“Streak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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