- a long, narrow mark, smear, band of color, or the like: streaks of mud.
- a portion or layer of something, distinguished by color or nature from the rest; a vein or stratum: streaks of fat in meat.
- a vein, strain, or admixture of anything: a streak of humor.
- a spell or run: a streak of good luck.
- an uninterrupted series: The team had a losing streak of ten games.
- a flash leaving a visible line or aftereffect, as of lightning; bolt.
- Mineralogy. the line of powder obtained by scratching a mineral or rubbing it upon a hard, rough white surface, often differing in color from the mineral in the mass, and serving as an important distinguishing character.
- Plant Pathology.
- an elongated, narrow, superficial lesion on stems or leaf veins, becoming brown and necrotic.
- any disease characterized by such lesions.
- to mark with a streak or streaks; form streaks on: sunlight streaking the water with gold; frost streaking the windows.
- to lighten or color (strands of hair) for contrastive effect.
- to dispose, arrange, smear, spread, etc., in the form of a streak or streaks: to streak cold germs on a slide for microscopic study.
- to become streaked.
- to run, go, or work rapidly.
- to flash, as lightning.
- to make a sudden dash in public while naked, especially as a prank.
- blue streak. blue streak.
Origin of streak
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Examples from the Web for streak
It was clear to me that at least at the end of his life the Dionysian streak was trying to get out.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
In fact, the original Burroughs books possess a clear “green” streak that now seems quite prescient.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
In fact, she knew the correct answer 92 percent of the time she buzzed in during her 20-game streak.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’
November 20, 2014
For many, the streak of eccentric adventure is the fun of it all.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations
July 17, 2014
Now we'll see a ding-dong finish, if the Black doesn't show a streak of yellow.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
With the first streak of day, the Doctor was up to reconnoitre the position of the enemy.The Field of Ice
They're not senseless brutes; they have a streak of man's intelligence.Under Arctic Ice
She's good enough, I guess, and she can play the piano like a streak, but she's a fool.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
At length she became aware of a streak of light on the119 floor.The Eternal City
- a long thin mark, stripe, or trace of some contrasting colour
- (of lightning) a sudden flash
- (as modifier)streak lightning
- an element or trace, as of some quality or characteristic
- a strip, vein, or layerfatty streaks
- a short stretch or run, esp of good or bad luck
- mineralogy the powdery mark made by a mineral when rubbed on a hard or rough surface: its colour is an important distinguishing characteristic
- bacteriol the inoculation of a solid culture medium by drawing a wire contaminated with the microorganisms across it
- informal an act or the practice of running naked through a public place
- (tr) to mark or daub with a streak or streaks
- (intr) to form streaks or become streaked
- (intr) to move rapidly in a straight line
- (intr) informal to run naked through a crowd of people in a public place in order to shock or amuse them
- a variant spelling of strake (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for streak
Old English strica "line of motion, stroke of a pen" (related to strican "pass over lightly," see strike), from Proto-Germanic *strikon (cf. Middle Low German streke "stroke, line," Old High German, German strich, Gothic striks "stroke, line"), from PIE root *streig- (see strigil). Sense of "long, thin mark" is first found 1567. Meaning "a temporary run (of luck)" is from 1843.
- A line, stripe, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
- The characteristic color of a mineral after it has been ground into a powder. Because the streak of a mineral is not always the same as its natural color, it is a useful tool in mineral identification.
- A bacterial culture inoculated by drawing a bacteria-laden needle across the surface of a solid culture medium. Also called streak plate
- Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.