streak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v streak mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
    • v streak run naked in a public place
    • v streak move quickly in a straight line "The plane streaked across the sky"
    • n streak 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"
    • n streak a distinctive characteristic "he has a stubborn streak","a streak of wildness"
    • n streak a sudden flash (as of lightning)
    • n streak an unbroken series of events "had a streak of bad luck","Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Streak A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein. "What mean those colored streaks in heaven?"
    • Streak (Shipbuilding) A strake.
    • Streak (Min) The fine powder or mark yielded by a mineral when scratched or rubbed against a harder surface, the color of which is sometimes a distinguishing character.
    • Streak The rung or round of a ladder.
    • Streak To form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different colors. "A mule . . . streaked and dappled with white and black.""Now streaked and glowing with the morning red."
    • v. t Streak To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
    • Streak With it as an object: To run swiftly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • streak To run swiftly.
    • n streak A line, band, or stripe of somewhat irregular shape.
    • n streak In mineralogy, the line or mark of fine powder produced when a mineral is scratched, or when it is rubbed upon a hard, rough surface, as that of unglazed porcelain. The color of the streak is often an important character, particularly in the case of minerals having a metallic luster. For example, certain massive forms of the iron ores hematite and magnetite resemble each other closely, but are readily distinguished by the fact that the former has a red and the latter a black streak.
    • n streak In zoology, a color-mark of considerable length for its width, and generally less firm and regular than a stripe. See streaked, streaky, and compare stripe, 1.
    • n streak Figuratively, a trait; a vein; a turn of character or disposition; a whim.
    • n streak Nautical, same as strake, 6.
    • n streak A rung of a ladder.
    • n streak A short piece of iron, six of which form the wheel-tire of a wooden artillery-carriage.
    • streak To put a streak upon or in; break up the surface of by one or more streaks.
    • streak To stretch; extend.
    • streak To lay out, as a dead body.
    • streak To stretch out; shoot, as a rocket or a shooting-star.
    • n streak In turpentine-making, the portion of a bled pine-tree from which the resin exudes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Streak strēk a line or long mark different in colour from the ground, a band of marked colour of some length, a stripe: a slight characteristic, a trace, a passing mood:
    • v.t Streak to form streaks in: to mark with streaks
    • v.t Streak strēk (Scot.) to lay out a corpse for burial
    • v.i Streak to stretch out
    • v.i Streak strēk (U.S.) to run swiftly.
    • n Streak strēk (min.) the appearance presented by the surface of a mineral when scratched: a strake or line of planking: a short piece of iron forming one section of a pieced tire on the wheel of an artillery-carriage
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Quotations

  • Vladimir Mayakovsky
    Vladimir Mayakovsky
    “No gray hairs streak my soul, no grandfatherly fondness there! I shake the world with the might of my voice, and walk --handsome, twenty-two year old.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
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    “I've been on such a losing streak that if I had been around I would have taken General Custer and given points.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.”

Idioms

Talk a blue streak - (USA) If someone talks a blue streak, they speak quickly and at length. ('Talk up a blue streak' is also used.)
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Yellow streak - If someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. streke,; akin to D. streek, a line, stroke, G. strich, AS. strica, Sw. strek, Dan. streg, Goth. stricks, and E. strike, stroke,. See Strike Stroke (n.), and cf. Strake
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strica, a stroke—strícan, to go, Ger. strich; cf. Strike. Skeat makes it Scand., Sw. strek, Dan. streg, a dash.

Usage

In literature:

As the first bars of saffron streaked the east next morning, the reef of the Cruz del Padre hove in sight dead ahead.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
We see the crimson streaks and the juicy ribs smoking over the fires, and the savoury odours are wafted to us on the breeze.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
She burned a ten-mile streak on the ground, coming down.
"A Matter of Importance" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
When putting a wax finish on oak or any open-grained wood, the wax will often show white streaks in the pores of the wood.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
I saw a gray streak away off in front of me.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
But I always suspected he had a yellow streak in him and this proves it.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Something was streaking across the cloud formation far, far ahead.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
His face was red and streaked with perspiration and dust.
"Stubble" by George Looms
His hair was gray-streaked and thinner.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
In the castle at Stuttgart, they said, the White Lady walked, her pale trailing garments streaked with blood.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The dusky streaks crossing the surface of the planet Jupiter, and supposed to be openings in his atmosphere.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Through the heart of it there rippled a tiny streak of water that was amber-tinted from the round shingle in its bed.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He was traveling like a streak of lightning when I last saw him.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He's got a good streak in him.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Then, there was a rush of feet, and twice a red streak blazed from the window.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
His men ran into a rich streak of dirt that started a stampede for the vicinity.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Your English streak makes you shy, but you won't hurt my feelings; I'm all Canadian.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
What's that long dark streak over there on the right?
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
The horses were dejected-looking creatures, and their flanks were streaked with gray lines of caking sweat.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
A flame streaked close to Hilary's head, shivered the opposite wall into molten fragments.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
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In poetry:

Never has a blue streak
Cleft the clouds since morn;
Never has his grim fate
Smiled since he was born.
"The Two Children Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte
Z was a Zebra striped
And streaked with lines of black;
Papa said once, he thought he'd like
A ride upon his back.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
Nipp'd by the year the forest fades;
And, shaking to the wind,
The leaves toss to and fro, and streak
The wilderness behind.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
The poppies seemed a silver mist:
So darkly fell the gloom.
You scarce had guessed yon crimson streaks
Were buttercups in bloom.
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Go up and watch the new-born rill
Just trickling from its mossy bed,
Streaking the heath-clad hill
With a bright emerald thread.
"Monday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Just guessing, through their murky blind
Few, faint, and baffling sight,
Streaks of a brighter heaven behind,
A cloudless depth of light.
"Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

"Last year, it was kind of a shocker," cornerback Demontre Hurst said of seeing OU's 39-game home winning streak snapped.
Wings end Fort Wayne's five-game win streak.
The Cowboys, who received 13 votes, ended a streak of 24 straight games as a member of the Top 25.
THUNDER 117, CLIPPERS 111: Chris Paul blames himself for loss that ends 6-game win streak.
Wilbert, FAU beat Troy 34-27, end losing streaks.
Rams continue streak with 68-43 win over DCC.
I'll also share a neat twist for those with a naughty streak in them.
ARCADIA, Calif.—Zagora won the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf by three-quarters of a length, extending the streak of long-shot winners at the Breeders' Cup on Friday.
Unusual Suspect snapped his 16-race losing streak when he overcame pacesetter.
When scorers get on a hot streak, they usually end up in the right place at the right time.
Fleury became the 60th NHL player to score 400 regular-season goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games, as the New York Rangers went on to a 5-2 victory Saturday night over the Montreal Canadiens.
Fitzpatrick floored by Tom Brady's streak.
8 Flowery Branch, looking to extend a regular season winning streak that dates back to October 2009.
A Streak of Glamour But a Lack of Lifeblood.
A Geminid meteor streaks across Steamboat Springs, Colo.
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In science:

We show that streaking spectroscopy can provide detailed information on the Eisenbud-Wigner-Smith time delay as well as on the infrared field dressing of both bound and continuum states.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
We find a novel contribution to the streaking delay that stems from the interplay of electron-electron and infrared-field interactions in the exit channel.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
However, multi-electron effects were only studied in stationary scattering approaches, i.e., by analyzing the phase of the dipole transition matrix elements for photoionization in the absence of the streaking field.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
This group delay or EisenbudWigner-Smith (EWS) delay (see e.g. ) is not directly what is measured by a streaking experiment .
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
For these laser parameters, numerically converged streaking simulations are obtained with a partial wave expansion with total angular momenta up to
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
Obviously, the interplay between electron-electron interaction and the IR streaking field strongly influences the streaking delay of the outgoing wavepacket.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
This time-dependent energy shift of the bound electronic final state of the residual ion becomes thus visible in the energy and momentum distribution of the streaked ionized electron.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
This process can be viewed as a two-electron generalization of the streaking shift for one-electron states with permanent dipole moment first discussed in .
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
This streaking-field induced two-electron effect causes also the additional time shifts for final ionic states with well defined angular momentum,
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
Note that the non-zero dipole moment in Eq. 6 is consistent with the inversion symmetry of the ionic bound state as this symmetry is broken by the selection of the emission direction of the streaked continuum electron.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
The roll angles of the two observations differ by less than an arcsecond, and knot D is sufficiently far from the readout streak (see Fig. 4) that its counts are unaffected by the streak.
The jet-cloud interacting radio galaxy PKS B2152-699. I. Structures revealed in new deep radio and X-ray observations
The net counts in knots B and C are measured using an adjacent background region to the NW (so avoiding readout streaks to the SE in OBSIDs 11530 and 12088).
The jet-cloud interacting radio galaxy PKS B2152-699. I. Structures revealed in new deep radio and X-ray observations
Streaks in the image are traces of thermal diffuse scattering coming from reflections outside the depicted plane.
Antiferrodistortive phase transition in EuTiO3
The returning scattered photons originate along the entire upward path of the laser, and would otherwise appear as a streak that would make the wavefront measurements inaccurate.
Bringing the Visible Universe into Focus with Robo-AO
This causes faint “readout streaks”, which appear in position angles 20◦ and 200◦ from the core of the source for the −70◦ roll of these data.
The X-ray jet and halo of PKS 0521-365
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