Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
  • n. An inherent, often contrasting quality: "There was a streak of wildness in him” ( Olga Carlisle).
  • n. A ray or flash of light: the first streaks of dawn; a streak of lightning.
  • n. Informal A brief run or stretch, as of luck.
  • n. Informal An unbroken series, as of wins or losses.
  • n. Mineralogy The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
  • n. Botany Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
  • n. Microbiology A bacterial culture inoculated by drawing a bacteria-laden needle across the surface of a solid culture medium.
  • transitive v. To mark with streaks: rain streaking the pavement.
  • transitive v. To lighten (strands of hair) with a chemical preparation.
  • transitive v. Microbiology To inoculate in order to produce a streak.
  • intransitive v. To form streaks.
  • intransitive v. To be or become streaked.
  • intransitive v. To move at high speed; rush.
  • intransitive v. To run naked in public, especially as a prank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
  • n. A continuous series of like events.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella.
  • n. A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
  • v. to have or obtain streaks.
  • v. to run naked in public
  • v. to create streaks
  • v. To move very swiftly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein.
  • n. A strake.
  • n. The fine powder or mark yielded by a mineral when scratched or rubbed against a harder surface, the color of which is sometimes a distinguishing character.
  • n. The rung or round of a ladder.
  • transitive v. To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
  • transitive v. To form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different colors.
  • transitive v. With it as an object: To run swiftly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run swiftly.
  • To put a streak upon or in; break up the surface of by one or more streaks.
  • To stretch; extend.
  • To lay out, as a dead body.
  • To stretch out; shoot, as a rocket or a shooting-star.
  • n. A line, band, or stripe of somewhat irregular shape.
  • n. In mineralogy, the line or mark of fine powder produced when a mineral is scratched, or when it is rubbed upon a hard, rough surface, as that of unglazed porcelain.
  • n. In zoology, a color-mark of considerable length for its width, and generally less firm and regular than a stripe. See streaked, streaky, and compare stripe, 1.
  • n. Figuratively, a trait; a vein; a turn of character or disposition; a whim.
  • n. Nautical, same as strake, 6.
  • n. A rung of a ladder.
  • n. A short piece of iron, six of which form the wheel-tire of a wooden artillery-carriage.
  • n. In turpentine-making, the portion of a bled pine-tree from which the resin exudes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
  • v. run naked in a public place
  • n. a sudden flash (as of lightning)
  • v. mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
  • n. an unbroken series of events
  • v. move quickly in a straight line
  • n. a distinctive characteristic

Etymologies

Middle English streke, line, from Old English strica.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Rocket's win streak is one (contradict perception of indespensibility?).

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  • The small win streak is important because Indiana had lost seven in a row before beating New York on Wednesday.

    USATODAY.com

  • That streak is one game short of Wayne Gretzky's league record for longest points streak from a debut with a new team, set in 1988 with Los Angeles.

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  • This win streak is Detroit's longest since winning 11 in a row from Dec. 14-Jan.

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  • The Los Angeles Lakers '33-game win streak is the longest among teams in the four major pro sports, bettering the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21), baseball's 1916 New York Giants (26) and the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (17).

    USATODAY.com - Basketball - Phoenix vs. Cleveland

  • Team USA, riding a 167-game win streak, is well aware that the competition has improved and become more aggressive in hopes of knocking it off its perch.

    USATODAY.com - Confident softball team counts on pitching depth

  • TOMS RIVER - The title streak continues for two of South Jersey's storied wrestling programs.

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  • Hawaii hasn't lost since, running the title streak to eight.

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  • Never mind that tucked in the middle of the streak is a loss at Virginia.

    Ranked foes? Bring 'em on, says Georgia Tech - sports

  • ` ` This streak is a good sign, but we can't stop, '' Bryzgalov said.

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