An example of a streak is a strip of red in otherwise blonde hair.
- a line or long, thin mark; stripe or smear, generally differing in color or texture from the surrounding area
- a ray of light or a flash, as of lightning
- a vein or stratum of a mineral
- a layer, as of fat in meat
- a strain, element, or tendency in behavior, temperament, etc.; trait: a jealous streak
- a period, spell, or series: a streak of bad luck, a streak of losses
- Bacteriology an inoculum placed, as in a line, on a solid culture medium
- Mineralogy a colored line of powder produced by rubbing a mineral over a hard, white surface (streak plate): it serves as a distinguishing character
Origin of streakMiddle English streke from Old English strica: for Indo-European base see strike
- to make streaks on or in; mark with streaks
- to make usually lighter streaks in (hair) with a coloring agent
- to form streaks; become streaked
- to move at high speed; go fast; hurry
- to dash naked in public as a prank
like a streak
- A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
- An inherent, often contrasting quality: “There was a streak of wildness in him” ( Olga Carlisle )
- A ray or flash of light: the first streaks of dawn; a streak of lightning.
- Informal a. A brief run or stretch, as of luck.b. An unbroken series, as of wins or losses.
- Mineralogy The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
- Botany Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
- Microbiology A sample of microorganisms that has been introduced into a solid culture medium by a needle drawn across its surface.
verbstreaked, streak·ing, streaks
- To mark with streaks: rain streaking the pavement.
- To make streaks of a different, usually lighter color in (hair) using a chemical preparation.
- Microbiology To inoculate (a culture medium) with a streak.
- To form streaks.
- To be or become streaked.
- To move at high speed; rush.
- To run naked in public, especially as a prank.
Origin of streakMiddle English streke line from Old English strica ; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
- An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
- The picture I took out the car window had streaks.
- A continuous series of like events.
- I hope I can keep up this streak of accomplishments.
- I was on a winning streak until the fourth game, where I was dealt terrible cards.
- The color of the powder of a mineral. So called, because a simple field test for a mineral is to streak it against unglazed white porcelain.
- A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella.
- A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
- She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
- (shipbuilding) A strake.
- A rung or round of a ladder.
(third-person singular simple present streaks, present participle streaking, simple past and past participle streaked)
- (intransitive) to have or obtain streaks.
- If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
- (intransitive, slang) to run naked in public
- It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
- to create streaks
- You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
- To move very swiftly.