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streak

 (strēk)
n.
1. A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
2. An inherent, often contrasting quality: "There was a streak of wildness in him" (Olga Carlisle).
3. A ray or flash of light: the first streaks of dawn; a streak of lightning.
4. Informal
a. A brief run or stretch, as of luck.
b. An unbroken series, as of wins or losses.
5. Mineralogy The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
6. Botany Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
7. Microbiology A sample of microorganisms that has been introduced into a solid culture medium by a needle drawn across its surface.
v. streaked, streak·ing, streaks
v.tr.
1. To mark with streaks: rain streaking the pavement.
2. To make streaks of a different, usually lighter color in (hair) using a chemical preparation.
3. Microbiology To inoculate (a culture medium) with a streak.
v.intr.
1. To form streaks.
2. To be or become streaked.
3. To move at high speed; rush.
4. To run naked in public, especially as a prank.

[Middle English streke, line, from Old English strica; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

streak′er n.

streak

(striːk)
n
1. a long thin mark, stripe, or trace of some contrasting colour
2. (Physical Geography)
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. (Minerals) mineralogy the powdery mark made by a mineral when rubbed on a hard or rough surface: its colour is an important distinguishing characteristic
7. (Microbiology) 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. (intr) informal 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]
streaked adj
ˈstreaker n
ˈstreakˌlike adj

streak

(striːk)
n
(Nautical Terms) a variant spelling of strake2

streak

(strik)

n.
1. a long, narrow mark, smear, band of color, or the like.
2. a vein; stratum: streaks of fat in meat.
3. a slight ingredient; trace: a streak of humor.
4.
a. a spell; run: a streak of good luck.
b. an uninterrupted series: a losing streak of ten games.
5. a flash leaving a visible line or aftereffect, as of lightning; bolt.
6. the color of the powder obtained by rubbing certain minerals on an unglazed ceramic surface: used in mineral identification.
v.t.
7. to mark with streaks; form streaks on.
8. to lighten or color (strands of hair).
9. to spread in streaks.
v.i.
10. to become streaked.
11. to run, go, or work rapidly.
12. to make a sudden dash in public while naked, esp. as a prank.
[before 1000; (n.) Middle English streke, akin to strike, Old English strica stroke, line, mark]
streak′er, n.

streak

(strēk)
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.

streak


Past participle: streaked
Gerund: streaking

Imperative
streak
streak
Present
I streak
you streak
he/she/it streaks
we streak
you streak
they streak
Preterite
I streaked
you streaked
he/she/it streaked
we streaked
you streaked
they streaked
Present Continuous
I am streaking
you are streaking
he/she/it is streaking
we are streaking
you are streaking
they are streaking
Present Perfect
I have streaked
you have streaked
he/she/it has streaked
we have streaked
you have streaked
they have streaked
Past Continuous
I was streaking
you were streaking
he/she/it was streaking
we were streaking
you were streaking
they were streaking
Past Perfect
I had streaked
you had streaked
he/she/it had streaked
we had streaked
you had streaked
they had streaked
Future
I will streak
you will streak
he/she/it will streak
we will streak
you will streak
they will streak
Future Perfect
I will have streaked
you will have streaked
he/she/it will have streaked
we will have streaked
you will have streaked
they will have streaked
Future Continuous
I will be streaking
you will be streaking
he/she/it will be streaking
we will be streaking
you will be streaking
they will be streaking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been streaking
you have been streaking
he/she/it has been streaking
we have been streaking
you have been streaking
they have been streaking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been streaking
you will have been streaking
he/she/it will have been streaking
we will have been streaking
you will have been streaking
they will have been streaking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been streaking
you had been streaking
he/she/it had been streaking
we had been streaking
you had been streaking
they had been streaking
Conditional
I would streak
you would streak
he/she/it would streak
we would streak
you would streak
they would streak
Past Conditional
I would have streaked
you would have streaked
he/she/it would have streaked
we would have streaked
you would have streaked
they would have streaked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.streak - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
succession - a group of people or things arranged or following in order; "a succession of stalls offering soft drinks"; "a succession of failures"
losing streak - a streak of losses
winning streak - a streak of wins
2.streak - a distinctive characteristic; "he has a stubborn streak"; "a streak of wildness"
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
3.streak - a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the backgroundstreak - 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"
marking - a pattern of marks
banding, stria, striation, band - a stripe or stripes of contrasting color; "chromosomes exhibit characteristic bands"; "the black and yellow banding of bees and wasps"
4.streak - a sudden flash (as of lightning)
flash - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
Verb1.streak - move quickly in a straight line; "The plane streaked across the sky"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
2.streak - run naked in a public place
run - move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time; "Don't run--you'll be out of breath"; "The children ran to the store"
3.streak - mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"

streak

noun
1. band, line, strip, stroke, layer, slash, vein, stripe, smear There are these dark streaks on the surface of the moon.
2. trace, touch, element, strain, dash, vein He's still got a mean streak.
verb
1. fleck, smear, daub, band, slash, stripe, striate Rain had begun to streak the window pains.
2. speed, fly, tear, sweep, flash, barrel (along) (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), whistle, sprint, dart, zoom, whizz (informal), hurtle, burn rubber (informal), move like greased lightning (informal) A meteorite streaked across the sky.

streak

noun
2. An intermixture of a contrasting or unexpected quality, especially in a person's character:
3. Informal. A number of things placed or occurring one after the other:
verb
To mark with a line or band, as of different color or texture:
Translations
شَريط، خَطنَزْعَه، مَيْل، مَسْحَهيُخَطِّطيَرْكُض بِسُرْعَه
čáramihnout seprokvétatproužeksklon
anstrøggøre stribetstribe
csíkoz
gera rákir álína, rák, strikòjótavottur, aîkenning
brūkšnysdryžuotasnudryžuotiruožassluoksniuotas
drāztiesiekrāsotievilkt svītrasjoņotrakstura iezīme
pásikskropiť
pramenproga
çizgiçizgilerle kaplamaknitelikşeritşimşek gibi gitmek

streak

[striːk]
A. N
1. (line) → raya f; [of mineral] → veta f, vena f
to have streaks in one's hairtener mechas en el pelo
like a streak of lightningcomo un rayo
2. (fig) [of madness etc] → vena f; [of luck] → racha f
he had a cruel streak (in him)tenía un rasgo cruel
there is a streak of Spanish blood in hertiene una pequeña parte de sangre española
he had a yellow streakera un tanto cobarde
B. VTrayar (with de)
C. VI
1. (= rush) to streak alongcorrer a gran velocidad
to streak in/out/pastentrar/salir/pasar como un rayo
2. (= run naked) → correr desnudo

streak

[ˈstriːk]
n
(= line) [paint, mud, blood, dirt] → traînée f; [light] → raie f; (in hair)mèche f
to have streaks in one's hair → s'être fait faire des mèches
(in character)tendances fpl
a streak of madness → un grain de folie
to have a mean streak → avoir un fond de méchanceté
(= run) → série f
a lucky streak → une période de chance
to be on a lucky streak → être en veine
a winning streak → une série victorieuse
to be on a winning streak [gambler] → être en veine; [team, sportsperson] → poursuivre sa série victorieuse
a losing streak (for team, sportsperson)une série de défaites; (for gambler)une série de pertes
vtzébrer
vi
(= dart)
A meteorite streaked across the sky → Un météorite laissa une traînée dans le ciel.
to streak past → passer à toute allure
(= run naked in a public place) → faire du streaking

streak

nStreifen m; (of light)Strahl m; (fig: = trace) → Spur f; (of jealousy, meanness etc)Zug m; (of madness, humour)Anflug m; streaks (in hair) → Strähnchen pl, → Strähnen pl; streak of lightningBlitz(strahl) m; there was a streak of blood on his armeine Blutspur zog sich über seinen Arm; there is a streak of Spanish blood in hersie hat spanisches Blut in den Adern; his lucky streakseine Glückssträhne; a winning/losing streakeine Glücks-/Pechsträhne; he’s got a mean streaker hat einen gemeinen Zug (→ an sich (dat)); he went past like a streak (of lightning)er sauste vorbei wie der Blitz
vtstreifen; to be streakedgestreift sein; the sky was streaked with redder Himmel hatte rote Streifen; to have one’s hair streakedsich (dat)Streifen ins Haar färben lassen; hair streaked with blonde/greyHaar mit blonden/grauen Strähnen; streaked with dirtschmutzverschmiert; streaked with tearstränenverschmiert; rock streaked with quartzvon Quarzadern durchzogener Stein
vi
(lightning)zucken; (inf: = move quickly) → flitzen (inf); to streak along/pastentlang-/vorbeiflitzen (inf)
(= run naked)blitzen, flitzen

streak

[striːk]
1. n (line) → striscia, riga; (of mineral) → filone m, vena
he had streaks of grey in his hair → aveva delle ciocche di capelli grigi
to have streaks in one's hair → avere le mèches
like a streak of lightning → come un fulmine
to have a streak of madness → avere una vena di pazzia
he had a cruel streak (in him) → c'era un che di crudele in lui
lucky streak → periodo di fortuna
a winning/losing streak → un periodo fortunato/sfortunato
2. vtrigare, screziare, striare
streaked with (tears) → rigato/a di (subj, sky) → striato/a di (clothes) → macchiato/a di
3. vi (move quickly) to streak away/across/pastallontanarsi/attraversare/passare come un fulmine; (run naked) → fare lo streaking

streak

(striːk) noun
1. a long, irregular mark or stripe. There was a streak of blood on her cheek; a streak of lightning.
2. a trace of some quality in a person's character etc. She has a streak of selfishness.
verb
1. to mark with streaks. Her dark hair was streaked with grey; The child's face was streaked with tears.
2. to move very fast. The runner streaked round the racetrack.
ˈstreaky adjective
marked with streaks.

streak

n raya, línea, (stria) estría
References in classic literature ?
A quick, bright smile went round like a streak of sunshine.
She turned her face from me and looked off at the red streak of dying light, over the dark prairie.
In another moment the twang of the cord was heard, a white streak was seen glancing into the bushes, and the wounded buck plunged from the cover, to the very feet of his hidden enemy.
But, always, the envious cloud strives to gather again across the streak of celestial azure.
It would be too much in keeping with the scene to excite surprise, were we to look about us and discover a form, beloved, but gone hence, now sitting quietly in a streak of this magic moonshine, with an aspect that would make us doubt whether it had returned from afar, or had never once stirred from our fireside.
But in a little while I see a pale streak over the treetops, and knowed the day was coming.
I mean parties that lived and died there - natives) come here, now and then, and inquire about our world, and when they find out it is so little that a streak of lightning can flash clear around it in the eighth of a second, they have to lean up against something to laugh.
He felt a chilly streak creeping down his back, but said as carelessly as he could:
Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again; compared the in- significant whitewashed streak with the far-reaching continent of unwhitewashed fence, and sat down on a tree-box discouraged.
Then I went down to the wharf and hid my things aboard the up-river boat that we had picked out, and then started back and had another streak of luck.
I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likelihood, a gleam from a lantern carried by some one across the lawn: but then, prepared as my mind was for horror, shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world.
Westward, a lurid streak of sunset glowed red in the dreary heaven, blackened the fringing trees on the far borders of the great inland marsh, and turned its little gleaming water-pools to pools of blood.