- 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 streaking
The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star
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They answered that challenge from the camp, streaking out from under his hands.Storm Over Warlock
I saw her streaking it up the street as soon as the trolley stopped.Rosemary
All the wood has gone and the winds are streaking the ashes.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
He kissed her again and whirled the boat about and sent it streaking for the mainland.Attention Saint Patrick
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They were running, streaking out of the town with inhuman speed.Strange Alliance
- an act or instance of running naked through a public place
- television light or dark streaks to the right of a bright object in a television picture, caused by distortion in the transmission chain
- 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 streaking
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.