Try Our Apps


World Series Quiz


[streem-uh v-kon-shuh s-nis] /ˈstrim əvˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs/
of, relating to, or characterized by a manner of writing in which a character's thoughts or perceptions are presented as occurring in random form, without regard for logical sequences, syntactic structure, distinctions between various levels of reality, or the like:
a stream-of-consciousness novel; a stream-of-consciousness technique.

stream of consciousness

Psychology. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
Origin of stream of consciousness
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stream-of-consciousness
Contemporary Examples
British Dictionary definitions for stream-of-consciousness

stream of consciousness

(psychol) the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James
  1. a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy
  2. (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
stream-of-consciousness in Culture

stream of consciousness definition

A kind of writing that presents the thoughts of a person or character as they occur. Stream-of-consciousness writing uses devices such as characters speaking to themselves, free association, and lists of words. William Faulkner, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf wrote stream-of-consciousness novels.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stream-of-consciousness

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stream

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for stream-of-consciousness