Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Streak transitive verb
[ Confer Stretch
.] To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
[ Middle English streke
; akin to Dutch streek
a line, stroke, German strich
, Anglo-Saxon strica
, Swedish strek
, Danish streg
, Goth. stricks
, and English strike
. See Strike
, and confer Strake
.] 1. A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein.
What mean those colored streaks in heaven? Milton. 2. (Shipbuilding) A strake. 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. 4. The rung or round of a ladder.
Streak transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Streaked
; present participle & verbal noun Streaking
.] 1. 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. Sandys.
Now streaked and glowing with the morning red. Prior. 2. With it as an object: To run swiftly.
1. Marked or variegated with stripes. 2. Uncomfortable; out of sorts. [ Local, U.S.]
Streaky adjective Same as Streaked , 1.
[ Anglo-Saxon streám
; akin to OFries. strām
, Old Saxon strōm
, Dutch stroom
, German strom
, Old High German stroum
, Dan. & Swedish ström
, Icelandic straumr
, Ir. sroth
, Lithuanian srove
, Russian struia
, Greek "ry`sis
a flowing, "rei^n
to flow, Sanskrit sru
. √174. Confer Catarrh
.] 1. A current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or fountain; specifically, any course of running water; as, many streams are blended in the Mississippi; gas and steam came from the earth in streams ; a stream of molten lead from a furnace; a stream of lava from a volcano. 2. A beam or ray of light.
." Chaucer. 3. Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand.
of beneficence." Atterbury.
of emigration." Macaulay. 4. A continued current or course; as, a stream of weather.
"The very stream
of his life." Shak. 5. Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners. Gulf stream
. See under Gulf .
-- Stream anchor
, Stream cable
. (Nautical) See under Anchor , and Cable .
-- Stream ice
, blocks of ice floating in a mass together in some definite direction.
-- Stream tin
, particles or masses of tin ore found in alluvial ground; -- so called because a stream of water is the principal agent used in separating the ore from the sand and gravel.
-- Stream works (Cornish Mining)
, a place where an alluvial deposit of tin ore is worked. Ure.
-- To float with the stream
, figuratively, to drift with the current of opinion, custom, etc., so as not to oppose or check it. Syn.
-- Current; flow; rush; tide; course. -- Stream
. These words are often properly interchangeable; but stream
is the broader word, denoting a prevailing onward course. The stream
of the Mississippi rolls steadily on to the Gulf of Mexico, but there are reflex currents
in it which run for a while in a contrary direction.
Stream intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Streamed
; present participle & verbal noun Streaming
.] 1. To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids; as, tears streamed from her eyes.
Beneath those banks where rivers stream . Milton. 2. To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams.
A thousand suns will stream on thee. Tennyson. 3. To issue in a stream of light; to radiate. 4. To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind; as, a flag streams in the wind.
Stream transitive verb To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears.
It may so please that she at length will stream Spenser. 2. To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.
Some dew of grace into my withered heart.
The herald's mantle is streamed with gold. Bacon. 3. To unfurl. Shak. To stream the buoy
. (Nautical) See under Buoy .
Stream clock (Physiol.) An instrument for ascertaining the velocity of the blood in a vessel.
Stream gold (Mining) Gold in alluvial deposits; placer gold.
Stream line The path of a constituent particle of a flowing fluid undisturbed by eddies or the like.
Stream wheel A wheel used for measuring, by its motion when submerged, the velocity of flowing water; a current wheel.
Streamer noun 1. An ensign, flag, or pennant, which floats in the wind; specifically, a long, narrow, ribbonlike flag.
Brave Rupert from afar appears, Dryden. 3. A stream or column of light shooting upward from the horizon, constituting one of the forms of the aurora borealis. Macaulay.
Whose waving streamers the glad general knows.
While overhead the North's dumb streamers shoot. Lowell. 3. (Mining) A searcher for stream tin.
Streamful adjective Abounding in streams, or in water. "The streamful tide." Drayton.
Streaminess noun The state of being streamy; a trailing. R. A. Proctor.
Streaming adjective Sending forth streams.
1. The act or operation of that which streams; the act of that which sends forth, or which runs in, streams. 2. (Mining) The reduction of stream tin; also, the search for stream tin.
Streamless adjective Destitute of streams, or of a stream, as a region of country, or a dry channel.
Streamlet noun A small stream; a rivulet; a rill.
Streamline adjective Of or pert. to a stream line; designating a motion or flow that is free from turbulence, like that of a particle in a streamline; hence, designating a surface, body, etc., that is designed so as to afford an unbroken flow of a fluid about it, esp. when the resistance to flow is the least possible; as, a streamline body for an automobile or airship.
Streamy adjective 1. Abounding with streams, or with running water; streamful.
Arcadia Prior. 2. Resembling a stream; issuing in a stream.
However streamy now, adust and dry,
Denied the goddess water.
His nodding helm emits a streamy ray. Pope.
Stree noun Straw. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Streek transitive verb To stretch; also, to lay out, as a dead body. See Streak .
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Streel intransitive verb
[ Confer Stroll
.] To trail along; to saunter or be drawn along, carelessly, swaying in a kind of zigzag motion.
[ Colloq.] Thackeray.
Streen noun See Strene .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Middle English strete
, Anglo-Saxon strǣt
, from Latin strata
) a paved way, properly fem. past participle of sternere
, to spread; akin to English strew
. See Strew
, and confer Stratum
] Originally, a paved way or road; a public highway; now commonly, a thoroughfare in a city or village, bordered by dwellings or business houses.
He removed [ the body of] Amasa from the street unto the field. Coverdale.
At home or through the high street passing. Milton.
» In an extended sense, street
designates besides the roadway, the walks, houses, shops, etc., which border the thoroughfare.
His deserted mansion in Duke Street . Macaulay. The street (Broker's Cant)
, that thoroughfare of a city where the leading bankers and brokers do business; also, figuratively, those who do business there; as, the street would not take the bonds.
-- Street Arab
, Street broker
, etc. See under Arab , Broker , etc.
-- Street door
, a door which opens upon a street, or is nearest the street. Syn.
-- See Way
Streetwalker noun A common prostitute who walks the streets to find customers.
Streetward noun An officer, or ward, having the care of the streets. [ Obsolete] Cowell.
Streetward adjective Facing toward the street.
Their little streetward sitting room. Tennyson.
Streight adjective , noun , & adverb See 2nd Strait .
Streighten transitive verb See Straiten .
Strein transitive verb To strain. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Stretch
Pyrrhus with his streite sword. Chaucer.
Streit adjective Close; narrow; strict.
[ Obsolete] See Strait
Streite adverb Narrowly; strictly; straitly. [ Obsolete]
Strelitz noun sing. & plural [ Russian strieliéts' a shooter, archer.] A soldier of the ancient Muscovite guard or Russian standing army; also, the guard itself.
Strelitzia noun [ New Latin , named after Charlotte, Princess of Mecklenburg- Strelitz , and queen of George III of Great Britain.] (Botany) A genus of plants related to the banana, found at the Cape of Good Hope. They have rigid glaucous distichous leaves, and peculiar richly colored flowers.
[ Middle English stren
, Anglo-Saxon ge striénan
, ge str...nan
, ge streónan
, to beget, to obtain, ge streón
gain, wealth; akin to Old High German striunan
to gain. Confer Strian
race, family.] Race; offspring; stock; breed; strain.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Strenger, Strengest the original compar. & superl. of Strong .
Two of us shall strenger be than one. Chaucer.
[ Middle English strengthe
, Anglo-Saxon strengðu
, from strang
strong. See Strong
.] 1. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment.
All his [ Samson's] strength in his hairs were. Chaucer.
Thou must outlive Milton. 2. Power to resist force; solidity or toughness; the quality of bodies by which they endure the application of force without breaking or yielding; -- in this sense opposed to frangibility ; as, the strength of a bone, of a beam, of a wall, a rope, and the like.
Thy youth, thy strength , thy beauty.
"The brittle strength
of bones." Milton. 3. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability.
"Our castle's strength
will laugh a siege to scorn." Shak. 4. That quality which tends to secure results; effective power in an institution or enactment; security; validity; legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness; as, the strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of law; the strength of public opinion; strength of evidence; strength of argument. 5. One who, or that which, is regarded as embodying or affording force, strength, or firmness; that on which confidence or reliance is based; support; security.
God is our refuge and strength . Ps. xlvi. 1.
What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths . Sprat.
Certainly there is not a greater strength against temptation. Jer. Taylor. 6. Force as measured; amount, numbers, or power of any body, as of an army, a navy, and the like; as, what is the strength of the enemy by land, or by sea? 7. Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; -- said of literary work.
And praise the easy vigor of a life Pope. 8. Intensity; -- said of light or color.
Where Denham's strength and Waller's sweetness join.
Bright Phœbus in his strength . Shak. 9. Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors, solutions, etc.; as, the strength of wine or of acids. 10. A strong place; a stronghold.
[ Obsolete] Shak. On
, or Upon
, the strength of
, in reliance upon.
"The allies, after a successful summer, are too apt, upon the strength of
it, to neglect their preparations for the ensuing campaign." Addison. Syn.
-- Force; robustness; toughness; hardness; stoutness; brawniness; lustiness; firmness; puissance; support; spirit; validity; authority. See Force
Strength transitive verb To strengthen. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Strengthen transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Strengthened
; present participle & verbal noun Strengthening
.] 1. To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; as, to strengthen a limb, a bridge, an army; to strengthen an obligation; to strengthen authority.
Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest, . . . Shak. 2. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution.
With powerful policy strengthen themselves.
Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him. Deut. iii. 28. Syn.
-- To invigorate; confirm; establish; fortify; animate; encourage.
Strengthen intransitive verb To grow strong or stronger.
The young disease, that must subdue at length, Pope.
Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.
Strengthener noun One who, or that which, gives or adds strength. Sir W. Temple.
Strengthening adjective That strengthens; giving or increasing strength. -- Strength"en*ing*ly , adverb Strengthening plaster (Medicine) , a plaster containing iron, and supposed to have tonic effects.
Strengthful adjective Abounding in strength; full of strength; strong.
Florence my friend, in court my faction Marston.
Not meanly strengthful .
Strengthing noun A stronghold. [ Obsolete]
Strengthless adjective Destitute of strength. Boyle.
Strengthy adjective Having strength; strong. [ Obsolete]
Strenuity noun [ Latin strenuatis .] Strenuousness; activity. [ Obsolete] Chapman.
[ Latin strenuus
; confer Greek ... strong, hard, rough, harsh.] Eagerly pressing or urgent; zealous; ardent; earnest; bold; valiant; intrepid; as, a strenuous advocate for national rights; a strenuous reformer; a strenuous defender of his country.
And spirit-stirring wine, that strenuous makes. Chapman.
Strenuous , continuous labor is pain. I. Taylor.