- 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 streaker
So the last thing the brand needed was a streaker at its menswear fashion show, which was staged in Milan over the weekend.
Streaker Walks Dolce and Gabbana Runway: Dolce & Gabbana has been through a lot lately.
Streaker, the housemaid, too, had an attribute of a most discomfiting nature.
Streaker, the housemaid, feigned p. 128cheerfulness, but was the greater martyr.
- 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 streaker
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.