streak

[[t]stri͟ːk[/t]]
streaks, streaking, streaked
1) N-COUNT A streak is a long stripe or mark on a surface which contrasts with the surface because it is a different colour.

There are these dark streaks on the surface of the moon...

The flames begin as a few streaks of red against the pale brown of the walls.

2) VERB If something streaks a surface, it makes long stripes or marks on the surface.

[V n] Rain had begun to streak the window-panes...

[V n] Fine shades of grey streaked his dark hair...

[be V-ed with n] His face was pale and streaked with dirt.

Derived words:
-streaked COMB in ADJ

Her bare feet were dirt-streaked and cracked with cold.

...soot-streaked silver trains.

3) N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp If someone has a streak of a particular type of behaviour, they sometimes behave in that way.

We're both alike - there is a streak of madness in us both...

He's still got a mean streak.

4) VERB If something or someone streaks somewhere, they move there very quickly.

[V prep/adv] A meteorite streaked across the sky...

[V prep/adv] He got a near perfect start, streaking away from the pack.

Syn:
5) N-COUNT: adj N A winning streak or a lucky streak is a continuous series of successes, for example in gambling or sport. A losing streak or an unlucky streak is a series of failures or losses.

The casinos had better watch out since I'm obviously on a lucky streak!

...a losing streak that had extended back to June 1.


English dictionary. 2008.

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