: a long, thin mark that is a different color from its background
: a quality that is noticeable especially because it is different from a person's other qualities
: a period of repeated success or failure
1: a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground : stripe
2a : the color of the fine powder of a mineral obtained by scratching or rubbing against a hard white surface and constituting an important distinguishing character
b : inoculum implanted in a line on a solid medium
c : any of numerous virus diseases of plants (such as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings
3a : a narrow band of light
b : a lightning bolt
4a : a slight admixture : trace had a mean streak in him
b : a brief run (as of luck)
c : a consecutive series was on a winning streak
5: a narrow layer (as of fat)
6: an act or instance of streaking
He left streaks where he wiped the glass.
The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces.
a streak of 11 straight victories
- Middle English streke, from Old English strica; akin to Old High German strich line, Latin striga row — more at strike.
First known use: before 12th century
Synonyms: band, bar, 1stripe
: to make long lines of a different color on or in (something)
: to go or move very quickly
: to run through a public place naked in order to get attention
: to make streaks on or in tears streaking her face
1: to move swiftly : rush a jet streaking across the sky
2: to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)
3: to run naked through a public place
A shooting star streaked across the sky.
A skateboarder streaked past us.
First known use: 1576
Synonyms: band, bar, stripe