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streak

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noun \ˈstrēk\

Definition of streak

  1. 1 :  a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground :  stripe

  2. 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 characterb :  inoculum implanted in a line on a solid mediumc :  any of numerous virus diseases of plants (as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings

  3. 3a :  a narrow band of lightb :  a lightning bolt

  4. 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. 5 :  a narrow layer (as of fat)

  6. 6 :  an act or instance of streaking

Examples of streak in a sentence

  1. He left streaks where he wiped the glass.

  2. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces.

  3. a streak of 11 straight victories

Origin and Etymology of streak

Middle English streke, from Old English strica; akin to Old High German strich line, Latin striga row — more at strike


First Known Use: before 12th century

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streak

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Definition of streak

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to make streaks on or in <tears streaking her face>

    2. intransitive verb
    3. 1 :  to move swiftly :  rush <a jet streaking across the sky>

    4. 2 :  to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)

    5. 3 :  to run naked through a public place

    streaker

    noun

    Examples of streak in a sentence

    1. A shooting star streaked across the sky.

    2. A skateboarder streaked past us.

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    First Known Use of streak

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    STREAK Defined for English Language Learners

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    streak

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    noun \ˈstrēk\

    Definition of streak for English Language Learners

    • : 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


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    streak

    verb

    Definition of streak for English Language Learners

    • : 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 Defined for Kids

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    streak

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    noun \ˈstrēk\

    Definition of streak for Students

    1. 1 :  a line or mark of a different color or texture from its background <You left a streak of mud on the rug.>

    2. 2 :  a narrow band of light <a streak of lightning>

    3. 3 :  an amount of a quality <She's got a stubborn streak.>

    4. 4 :  a short series of something <a winning streak>

    streaked

    \ˈstrēkt, ˈstrē-kəd\ adjective

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    Definition of streak for Students

    streaked

    streaking

    1. 1 :  to make or have a line or mark of color in or on <His hair is streaked with gray.>

    2. 2 :  to move swiftly :  rush <A jet streaked across the sky.>


    Medical Dictionary

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    streak

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    noun \ˈstrēk\

    Medical Definition of streak

    1. 1:  a usually irregular line or stripe—see primitive streak

    2. 2:  inoculum implanted (as with a needle drawn across the surface) in a line on a solid medium


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    streak

    transitive verb

    Medical Definition of streak

    1. :  to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium



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