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1a long, thin line or mark of a different substance or color from its surroundings:a streak of oil Microbiology a narrow line of bacteria smeared on the surface of a solid culture medium. 2an element of a specified kind in someone’s character:there’s a streak of insanity in the family Lucy had a ruthless streak [usually with adjective] a continuous period of specified success or luck:the theater is on a winning streak the team closed the season with an 11-game losing streak
1 [with object] cover (a surface) with streaks:tears streaking her face, Cynthia looked up his beard was streaked with gray dye (hair) with long, thin lines of a different, typically lighter color than one’s natural hair color:hair that was streaked blond Microbiology smear (a needle, swab, etc.) over the surface of a solid culture medium to initiate a culture. 2 [no object] move very fast in a specified direction:the cat leaped free and streaked across the street 3 [no object] informal run naked in a public place so as to shock or amuse others.