streak

[ streek ]
/ strik /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for streak

    blue streak. blue streak.

Origin of streak

before 1000; (noun) Middle English streke, akin to strike, Old English strica stroke, line, mark; cognate with German Strich, Gothic striks stroke, Latin strigil strigil; (v.) late Middle English streken to cross out, derivative of the noun (akin to strike, stroke1)

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British Dictionary definitions for streaking (1 of 3)

streaking
/ (ˈstriːkɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for streaking (2 of 3)

streak1
/ (striːk) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of streak

streaked, adjectivestreaker, nounstreaklike, adjective

Word Origin for streak

Old English strica, related to Old Frisian strike, Old High German strih, Norwegian, Swedish strika

British Dictionary definitions for streaking (3 of 3)

streak2
/ (striːk) /

noun

a variant spelling of strake (def. 2)
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Medical definitions for streaking

streak
[ strēk ]

n.

A line, stripe, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
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Scientific definitions for streaking

streak
[ strēk ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with streaking

streak

see like greased lightning (a blue streak); talk someone's arm off (a blue streak); winning streak.

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