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Princeton's WordNet

  1. streak, run(noun)

    an unbroken series of events

    "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"

  2. streak(noun)

    a distinctive characteristic

    "he has a stubborn streak"; "a streak of wildness"

  3. stripe, streak, bar(noun)

    a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

    "a green toad with small black stripes or bars"; "may the Stars and Stripes forever wave"

  4. streak(verb)

    a sudden flash (as of lightning)

  5. streak(verb)

    move quickly in a straight line

    "The plane streaked across the sky"

  6. streak(verb)

    run naked in a public place

  7. mottle, streak, blotch(verb)

    mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained


  1. streak(Noun)

    An irregular line left from smearing or motion.

    The picture I took out the car window had streaks.

  2. streak(Noun)

    A continuous series of like events.

  3. streak(Noun)

    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.

  4. streak(Noun)

    A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella (see w:Streak (moth)).

  5. streak(Noun)

    A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.

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

  6. streak(Verb)

    to have or obtain streaks.

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

  7. streak(Verb)

    to run naked in public

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

  8. streak(Verb)

    to create streaks

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

  9. streak(Verb)

    To move very swiftly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Streak(verb)

    to stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body

  2. Streak(noun)

    a line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein

  3. Streak(noun)

    a strake

  4. Streak(noun)

    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

  5. Streak(noun)

    the rung or round of a ladder

  6. Streak(verb)

    to form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different colors

  7. Streak(verb)

    with it as an object: To run swiftly

  8. Origin: [OE. streke; akin to D. streek a line, stroke, G. strich, AS. strica, Sw. strek, Dan. streg, Goth. stricks, and E. strike, stroke. See Strike, Stroke, n., and cf. Strake.]


  1. Streak

    The streak of a mineral is the color of the powder produced when it is dragged across an unweathered surface. Unlike the apparent color of a mineral, which for most minerals can vary considerably, the trail of finely ground powder generally has a more consistent characteristic color, and is thus an important diagnostic tool in mineral identification. If no streak seems to be made, the mineral's streak is said to be white or colorless. Streak is particularly important as a diagnostic for opaque and colored materials. It is less useful for silicate minerals, most of which have a white streak and are too hard to powder easily. The apparent color can vary widely because of trace impurities or a disturbed macroscopic crystal structure. Small amounts of an impurity that strongly absorbs a particular wavelength can radically change the wavelengths of light that are reflected by the specimen, and thus change the apparent color. However, when the specimen is dragged to produce a streak, it is broken into randomly oriented microscopic crystals, and small impurities do not greatly affect the absorption of light. The surface across which the mineral is dragged is called a "streak plate," and is generally made of unglazed porcelain tile. In the absence of a streak plate, the unglazed underside of a porcelain bowl or vase or the back of a glazed tile will work. Sometimes a streak is more easily or accurately described by comparing it with the "streak" made by another streak plate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Streak

    strēk, n. a line or long mark different in colour from the ground, a band of marked colour of some length, a stripe: a slight characteristic, a trace, a passing mood: (min.) the appearance presented by the surface of a mineral when scratched: a strake or line of planking: a short piece of iron forming one section of a pieced tire on the wheel of an artillery-carriage.—v.t. to form streaks in: to mark with streaks.—adj. Streaked, streaky, striped: (U.S.) confused.—n. Streak′iness.—adj. Streak′y, marked with streaks, striped: uneven in quality. [A.S. strica, a stroke—strícan, to go, Ger. strich; cf. Strike. Skeat makes it Scand., Sw. strek, Dan. streg, a dash.]

  2. Streak

    strēk, v.t. (Scot.) to lay out a corpse for burial.—v.i. to stretch out.

  3. Streak

    strēk, v.i. (U.S.) to run swiftly.


  1. Streak

    Streak was born out of the frustration of constantly having to switch between their inbox (where they do their work) and separate systems. Their goal is to take the work out of managing the processes you do everyday.

Anagrams for streak »

  1. tasker

  2. takers

  3. strake

  4. skater

  5. trakes

  6. sakret

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of streak in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of streak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of streak in a Sentence

  1. Tiger Woods:

    I'm on a hot streak right now. I made the last putt.

  2. President Obama:

    We're in the middle of the longest streak of private sector job creation in history.

  3. D. H. Lawrence:

    If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.

  4. Robert Boland:

    The NFL has typically won most of the appeals, but they're on a bit of a losing streak lately.

  5. Bill Fay:

    October was a huge month for the industry, smashing expectations and continuing its hot streak.

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