streak

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English streke, from Old English strica, from Proto-Germanic *strikiz. Related to North Frisian strijck, Old Saxon striki, Middle Low German streke, Low German streek, Danish streg, Swedish streck, Icelandic stryk, strykr, Dutch streek, Afrikaans streek, Old High German strih, German Strich, Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃 (striks).

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streak (plural streaks)

  1. An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
    The picture I took out the car window had streaks.
  2. A continuous series of like events.
    I hope I can keep up this streak of accomplishments.
    I was on a winning streak until the fourth game, where I was dealt terrible cards.
  3. 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. A moth of the family Geometridae Chesias legatella.
  5. A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
    She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
  6. (shipbuilding) A strake.
  7. A rung or round of a ladder.

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streak (third-person singular simple present streaks, present participle streaking, simple past and past participle streaked)

  1. (intransitive) To have or obtain streaks.
    If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To run naked in public. (Contrast flash.)
    It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
  3. (transitive) To create streaks.
    You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
  4. (transitive) To move very swiftly.
  5. (obsolete, UK, Scotland) To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.

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