- a spell or run: a streak of good luck.
- an uninterrupted series: The team had a losing streak of ten games.
- an elongated, narrow, superficial lesion on stems or leaf veins, becoming brown and necrotic.
- any disease characterized by such lesions.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- strayhorn, billy,
- streak culture,
- streak plate,
Origin of streak
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.
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|Nina Strochlic|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fronteras is the other side of the water—that streak of olive green with reddish shadow.The Treasure of Pearls|Gustave Aimard
When Streak got the word he leaped forward at a pace that gave Williams an idea of how he had gained his name.
There is a streak of blood on his chin but he is still laughing.The Outrage|Annie Vivanti
There would have been no opportunity to save Soapy, even if Streak had obeyed his master.
But he grew robust for half a century, and writes, at seventy-five, that he has now "a streak of old age."
- (of lightning) a sudden flash
- (as modifier)streak lightning
Word Origin 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.
1768, "to go quickly, to rush, run at full speed," respelling (by association with streak (n.)) of streek "to go quickly" (late 14c.), originally "to stretch oneself" (mid-13c.), a northern Middle English variant of stretch (v.). Streaking "running naked in public" first recorded 1973.
see like greased lightning (a blue streak); talk someone's arm off (a blue streak); winning streak.