\ 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 After dropping their season opener, the 'Hounds reeled off an 11-game win streak. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "UIndy baseball embraces analytics, using opener to jumpstart shortened season," 10 May 2020 The streak ended earlier this month when police shot and killed a kidnapping suspect who led police on a chase to Richmond. Megan Cassidy,, "Oakland settles lawsuit, to pay $1.4 million to family of man killed by police in 2018," 28 Apr. 2020 The streak ends at 14 when the Cubs beat the N.Y. Mets in the second game of a doubleheader. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Hockey great Wayne Gretzky announces retirement," 16 Apr. 2020 No one has played even 550 consecutive games since the streak ended. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cal Ripken Jr. to share his memories of historic 2,131 game, and just when we need a boost," 6 Apr. 2020 The streak ended at 21 after a 75-46 win over China Springs in the regional final. Dallas News, "2020 UIL boys state basketball tournament: Previewing Dallas-area semifinals in 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A classifications," 11 Mar. 2020 Biden ran away with the contest, beginning a winning streak that resuscitated a floundering campaign. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "CNN allows network contributors to endorse Biden on-air," 11 Mar. 2020 When Russell Westbrook’s 18-footer rolled out, the Knicks held on, 125-123, the Rockets’ winning streak ended at six games and the gains from the overtime win in Boston was negated by the loss in New York. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' comeback falls short against Knicks," 2 Mar. 2020 Teemer, Shields, Norfleet and Hall were ASU winners vs. Lehigh when ASU's nine-meet win streak ended. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 5 ASU wrestling splits first duals without suspended Valencia," 23 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Next behind the Bengals in streaking to draft SEC players are the Colts, who have picked at least one in each of the past 18 NFL drafts. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Redskins go for Alabama, Cardinals like Auburn in NFL Draft," 22 Apr. 2020 The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight, with some 18 meteors per hour expected to streak across the night sky in dark spots. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Coronavirus, Ramadan, Orthodox Easter, Earth Day, NFL draft," 19 Apr. 2020 Pius also won 70 straight from 1984 to 1987 Germantown goes streaking. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Sam Dekker's magical surge lifts Sheboygan Lutheran to thrilling title," 7 Apr. 2020 The Webb is designed to look for the first light to streak across the dark universe more than 13 billion years ago, which is now just a faint infrared signal that has never been observed. Los Angeles Times, "This telescope could help us explore the heavens, but it’s stuck in coronavirus limbo," 2 Apr. 2020 Excessively bright light going into a camera lens—especially near the edges—can cause light rays to streak across the glass or reflect around inside the barrel of the lens itself and cause flare. Popular Science, "Look better on video calls using pro photography techniques," 24 Mar. 2020 The tide of the match turned in the 46th minute when Brandon Vazquez streaked into a threatening spot in New York's penalty area, held the ball up well and assisted on Cruz's goal. Pat Brennan,, "Jürgen Locadia, Allan Cruz score in 3-2 FC Cincinnati loss to New York Red Bulls," 1 Mar. 2020 But something much more mundane is likely to streak into view: thousands of low-flying communications satellites glinting in the Sun. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Tens of thousands of communications satellites could spoil view of giant sky telescope," 27 Feb. 2020 Kersey passed downcourt to a streaking Drexler, who was chased by Robinson. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: Portland beats San Antonio Spurs to advance to 1990 Western Conference finals for 2nd time in franchise history," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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“Streak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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