1. Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large,
or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.
Seeing him wander about, I took him up for a stray.Dryden.
2. The act of wandering or going astray. [R.] Shak.
(Stray"er) n. One who strays; a wanderer.
(Stre) n. Straw. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Streak) v. t. [Cf. Stretch, Streek.] To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(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.
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. [Obs.]
(Streak), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Streaked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Streaking.]
1. To form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different
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. [Colloq.]