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Princeton's WordNet

  1. streak, runnoun

    an unbroken series of events

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

  2. streaknoun

    a distinctive characteristic

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

  3. stripe, streak, barnoun

    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. streakverb

    a sudden flash (as of lightning)

  5. streakverb

    move quickly in a straight line

    "The plane streaked across the sky"

  6. streakverb

    run naked in a public place

  7. mottle, streak, blotchverb

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


  1. streaknoun

    An irregular line left from smearing or motion.

    The picture I took out the car window had streaks.

  2. streaknoun

    A continuous series of like events.

  3. streaknoun

    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. streaknoun

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

  5. streaknoun

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

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

  6. streakverb

    to have or obtain streaks.

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

  7. streakverb

    to run naked in public

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

  8. streakverb

    to create streaks

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

  9. streakverb

    To move very swiftly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STREAKnoun

    A line of colour different from that of the ground.

    Etymology: strice , Saxon; streke, Dutch; stricia, Ital.

    The West yet glimmers with some streaks of day;
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace,
    To gain the timely inn. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    What mean those colour’d streaks in heav’n,
    Distended, as the brow of God appeas’d? John Milton.

    The night comes on, we eager to pursue
    ’Till the last streaks of dying day withdrew,
    And doubtful moonlight did our rage deceive. Dryden.

    Ten wildings have I gather’d for my dear;
    How ruddy, like your lips, their streaks appear! Dryden.

    While the fantastick tulip strives to break
    In two-fold beauty, and a parted streak. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Streakverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Mark what Jacob did;
    When all the yeanlings which were streak’d and pied,
    Should fall as Jacob’s hire. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    A mule, admirably streaked and dappled with white and black. George Sandys, Journey.

    To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the East,
    With first approach of light we must be ris’n,
    And at our pleasant labour, to reform
    Yon flow’ry arbours. John Milton.

    Now let us leave this earth, and lift our eye
    To the large convex of yon’ azure sky:
    Behold it like an ample curtain spread,
    Now streak’d and glowing with the morning red;
    Anon at noon in flaming yellow bright,
    And chusing sable for the peaceful night. Matthew Prior.

    She lurks in midst of all her den, and streaks
    From out a ghastly whirlpool all her necks;
    Where, glotting round her rock, to fish she falls. George Chapman.


  1. streak

    A streak is a continuous or unbroken series of a particular event or behavior. It can also refer to a distinctive line or mark typically differing in color or texture from the surrounding surface. In mineralogy, a streak is the color of the powder produced when a mineral is scraped across an unglazed surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Streakverb

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

  2. Streaknoun

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

  3. Streaknoun

    a strake

  4. Streaknoun

    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. Streaknoun

    the rung or round of a ladder

  6. Streakverb

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

  7. Streakverb

    with it as an object: To run swiftly

  8. Etymology: [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. sakret

  2. skater

  3. strake

  4. takers

  5. tasker

  6. trakes

  7. staker

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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. David Perron:

    We’ve just got to turn the page on this, be happy we got results the last several games. We still got a point streak going and we got to keep pushing.

  2. Henrik Stenson:

    I was back to hitting it really good and had quite a few chances, but wasn't as hot on the greens as yesterday, There are still a bunch of guys that could get a hot streak and catch us. I could play the golf of my life and still be beaten or I could play solid and still win.

  3. Monica Kulling:

    He was a mechanical genius with an entrepreneurial streak.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    Hillary Clinton got what she needed in New York, a solid victory that stopped Bernie Sanders’s weeks-long winning streak … By the end of next week’s contests in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, her lead in pledged delegates in all likelihood will be insurmountable … [ By May ] turning around public perceptions will be crucial if she hopes not just to win the presidency but to be able to rally the country behind her agenda … Trump’s problems do not diminish the fact that, standing alone, Hillary Clinton looks much weaker than recent nominees … The damage to Hillary Clinton from her battle with Bernie Sanders is borne out in the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. The longer this race has gone on, the more Hillary Clinton has shown vulnerabilities. The top-line number that caught the eyes of so many analysts shows Hillary Clinton now in a dead heat with [ Bernie ] Sanders nationally — ahead of Bernie Sanders by just two percentage points, 50 to 48percent.

  5. Kyle Larson:

    We'll try and start another streak tomorrow.

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