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Meaning of “streak” in the English Dictionary

"streak" in British English

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streaknoun [C]

uk   us   /striːk/
  • streak noun [C] (MARK)

a ​long, ​thinmark that is ​easilynoticed because it is very different from the ​areasurrounding it: The ​windowcleanerleftdirty streaks on the ​windows. I ​dye my ​hair to ​hide my ​grey streaks. Meteors ​produce streaks oflight as they ​burn up in the earth's ​atmosphere.
  • streak noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

an often ​unpleasantcharacteristic that is very different from other ​characteristics: Her stubborn streak makes her very ​difficult to ​work with sometimes. You need to have a competitive streak when you're ​working in ​marketing.

streakverb

uk   us   /striːk/
  • streak verb (MARK)

be streaked to have ​long, ​thinnoticeablelines of a different ​colour: Doesn't Chris ​look good with her ​hair streaked? Her ​clothes were streaked withmud. White ​marble is ​frequently streaked withgrey, ​black, or ​green.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of streak from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"streak" in American English

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streaknoun [C]

 us   /strik/
  • streak noun [C] (MARK)

a ​mark of a ​color that is different from what ​surrounds it, or a ​thinstrip of ​light: Streaks of ​gray and ​blackcolored the ​marble. The ​cometappeared as a ​dazzling streak in the ​sky.
  • streak noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

an ​obviouscharacteristic in a ​personality: He ​seems to have a ​mean streak that I hadn’t ​noticed before.
  • streak noun [C] (PERIOD)

a ​period during which a ​series of things ​happens: What will the ​team do after this ​memorable eight-game ​winning streak?

streakverb

 us   /strik/
  • streak verb (MOVE FAST)

[I always + adv/prep] to move ​quickly: The ​spaceshuttlerose from ​itslaunchingpad and streaked into the ​sky.
  • streak verb (MARK)

[T] to make ​lines of a different ​color in or on something: Her ​cheeks were streaked with ​sweat and ​dirt.
(Definition of streak from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"streak" in Business English

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streaknoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /striːk/
a ​period of ​time during which something continues to ​happen, for ​example to go up or down in ​value or to ​succeed or ​fail: a streak of sth Stocks ​tumbled Thursday, ​ending a three-session streak of ​recordhighs.a winning/losing streak Wall Street ​broke a three-day ​losing streak as the Dow ​closed up 137.33 ​points at 9188.15.
a ​part of someone's ​personality: an ambitous/​competitive/​independent streak a streak of ​determination/​independence/arrogance
(Definition of streak from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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