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1 an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" [syn: run]
2 a distinctive characteristic; "he has a stubborn streak"; "a streak of wildness"
3 a marking of a different color or texture from the background [syn: stripe]
4 a sudden flash (as of lightning)


1 move quickly in a straight line; "The plane streaked across the sky"
2 run naked in a public place
3 mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained [syn: mottle, blotch]

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streak (plural: streaks)
  1. An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
    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.
  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 (see Streak (moth)).
  5. A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
    She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.


an irregular line left from smearing or motion
continuous series of events
color of mineral powder
non-dominant tendency or characteristic


to streak (streaks, streaked, streaking)
  1. to have or obtain streaks;
    If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
  2. to run naked in public
    It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
  1. to create streaks
    You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.


to have or obtain streaks
to run naked in public
to create streaks

Extensive Definition

Streak or streaking may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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