Streak Streak, n. [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}.] 1. A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein. [1913 Webster]

What mean those colored streaks in heaven? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Shipbuilding) A strake. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. [1913 Webster]

4. The rung or round of a ladder. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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