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
- transitive v. To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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
Middle English streke, line, from Old English strica.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)