Streak definition

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A ray or flash of light.

The first streaks of dawn; a streak of lightning.

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An unbroken series, as of wins or losses.
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To be or become streaked.
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To move at high speed; rush.
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A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
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To run naked in public, especially as a prank.
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A line or long, thin mark; stripe or smear, generally differing in color or texture from the surrounding area.
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A ray of light or a flash, as of lightning.
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A vein or stratum of a mineral.
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A layer, as of fat in meat.
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(mineralogy) The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
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A brief run or stretch, as of luck.
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To form streaks.
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The definition of a streak is a flash of light or a long thin line that stand out in color or texture from its surroundings.

An example of a streak is a strip of red in otherwise blonde hair.

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(microbiology) A sample of microorganisms that has been introduced into a solid culture medium by a needle drawn across its surface.
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A strain, element, or tendency in behavior, temperament, etc.; trait.

A jealous streak.

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A period, spell, or series.

A streak of bad luck, a streak of losses.

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(bacteriology) An inoculum placed, as in a line, on a solid culture medium.
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(mineralogy) A colored line of powder produced by rubbing a mineral over a hard, white surface (streak plate): it serves as a distinguishing character.
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To make streaks on or in; mark with streaks.
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To make usually lighter streaks in (hair) with a coloring agent.
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To form streaks; become streaked.
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To move at high speed; go fast; hurry.
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To dash naked in public as a prank.
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A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
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(microbiology) A sample of microorganisms that has been introduced into a solid culture medium by a needle drawn across its surface.
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(microbiology) To inoculate a culture medium with a streak.
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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.
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A bacterial culture inoculated by drawing a bacteria-laden needle across the surface of a solid culture medium.
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Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
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An irregular line left from smearing or motion.

The picture I took out the car window had streaks.

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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.

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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.
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A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella.
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A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.

She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.

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(shipbuilding) A strake.
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A rung or round of a ladder.
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(intransitive) To have or obtain streaks.

If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.

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(intransitive, slang) To run naked in public.

It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.

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To create streaks.

You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.

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To move very swiftly.
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An inherent, often contrasting quality.
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(botany) Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
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To mark with streaks.

Rain streaking the pavement.

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To make streaks of a different, usually lighter color in (hair) using a chemical preparation.
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(microbiology) To inoculate (a culture medium) with a streak.
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like a streak
  • at high speed; swiftly
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
streak
Plural:
streaks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

like a streak

Origin of streak

  • Middle English streke line from Old English strica streig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition