streak

[streek]
noun
1.
a long, narrow mark, smear, band of color, or the like: streaks of mud.
2.
a portion or layer of something, distinguished by color or nature from the rest; a vein or stratum: streaks of fat in meat.
3.
a vein, strain, or admixture of anything: a streak of humor.
4.
Informal.
a.
a spell or run: a streak of good luck.
b.
an uninterrupted series: The team had a losing streak of ten games.
5.
a flash leaving a visible line or aftereffect, as of lightning; bolt.
6.
Mineralogy. the line of powder obtained by scratching a mineral or rubbing it upon a hard, rough white surface, often differing in color from the mineral in the mass, and serving as an important distinguishing character.
7.
Plant Pathology.
a.
an elongated, narrow, superficial lesion on stems or leaf veins, becoming brown and necrotic.
b.
any disease characterized by such lesions.
verb (used with object)
8.
to mark with a streak or streaks; form streaks on: sunlight streaking the water with gold; frost streaking the windows.
9.
to lighten or color (strands of hair) for contrastive effect.
10.
to dispose, arrange, smear, spread, etc., in the form of a streak or streaks: to streak cold germs on a slide for microscopic study.
verb (used without object)
11.
to become streaked.
12.
to run, go, or work rapidly.
13.
to flash, as lightning.
14.
to make a sudden dash in public while naked, especially as a prank.
Idioms
15.
blue streak. blue streak.

Origin:
before 1000; (noun) Middle English streke, akin to strike, Old English strica stroke, line, mark; cognate with German Strich, Gothic striks stroke, Latin strigil strigil; (v.) late Middle English streken to cross out, derivative of the noun (akin to strike, stroke1)

streakedly [streekt-lee, stree-kid-lee] , adverb
streakedness, noun
streaker, noun
streaklike, adjective
interstreak, verb (used with object)
unstreaked, adjective


3. cast, touch, element, trace.
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streak1 (striːk)
 
n
1.  a long thin mark, stripe, or trace of some contrasting colour
2.  a.  (of lightning) a sudden flash
 b.  (as modifier): streak lightning
3.  an element or trace, as of some quality or characteristic
4.  a strip, vein, or layer: fatty streaks
5.  a short stretch or run, esp of good or bad luck
6.  mineralogy the powdery mark made by a mineral when rubbed on a hard or rough surface: its colour is an important distinguishing characteristic
7.  bacteriol the inoculation of a solid culture medium by drawing a wire contaminated with the microorganisms across it
8.  informal an act or the practice of running naked through a public place
 
vb
9.  (tr) to mark or daub with a streak or streaks
10.  (intr) to form streaks or become streaked
11.  (intr) to move rapidly in a straight line
12.  informal (intr) to run naked through a crowd of people in a public place in order to shock or amuse them
 
[Old English strica, related to Old Frisian strike, Old High German strih, Norwegian, Swedish strika]
 
streaked1
 
adj
 
'streaker1
 
n
 
'streaklike1
 
adj

streak2 (striːk)
 
n
a variant spelling of strake

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Word Origin & History

streak
O.E. strica "line of motion, stroke of a pen" (related to strican "pass over lightly," see strike), from P.Gmc. *strikon (cf. M.L.G. streke "stroke, line," O.H.G., Ger. strich, Goth. striks "stroke, line"), from PIE base *streig- (see
strigil). Sense of "long, thin mark" is first found 1567. Meaning "a temporary run (of luck)" is from 1843.

streak
1768, "to go quickly, to rush, run at full speed," respelling (by association with streak (n.)) of streek "to go quickly" (late 14c.), originally "to stretch oneself" (mid-13c.), a northern M.E. variant of stretch (v.). Streaking "running naked in public" first recorded 1973.
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Medical Dictionary

streak (strēk)
n.
A line, stripe, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.

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Science Dictionary
streak   (strēk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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.

  2. A bacterial culture inoculated by drawing a bacteria-laden needle across the surface of a solid culture medium. Also called streak plate.

  3. Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.


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Idioms & Phrases

streak

see like greased lightning (a blue streak); talk someone's arm off (a blue streak); winning streak.

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Example sentences
These acrobats stir up a pair of scarlet macaws that fly off in a red streak to
  a quieter tree.
The loser's brain presents a different pattern-that he's due for a winning
  streak.
Light caramel and fresh apple flavors with a good streak of crispness.
Now the question is how the company can continue its winning streak under new
  leadership.
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