- a body of water flowing in a channel or watercourse, as a river, rivulet, or brook.
- a steady current in water, as in a river or the ocean: to row against the stream; the Gulf Stream.
- any flow of water or other liquid or fluid: streams of blood.
- a current or flow of air, gas, or the like.
- a beam or trail of light: A stream of moonlight fell from the clouds.
- a continuous flow or succession of anything: a stream of words.
- prevailing direction; drift: the stream of opinion.
- Digital Technology. a flow of data, as an audio broadcast, a movie, or live video, transmitted smoothly and continuously from a source to a computer, mobile device, etc.
- to flow, pass, or issue in a stream, as water, tears, or blood.
- to send forth or throw off a stream; run or flow (often followed by with): eyes streaming with tears.
- to extend in a beam or in rays, as light: Sunlight streamed in through the windows.
- to move or proceed continuously like a flowing stream, as a procession.
- to wave or float outward, as a flag in the wind.
- to hang in a loose, flowing manner, as long hair.
- to send forth or discharge in a stream: The wound streamed blood.
- to cause to stream or float outward, as a flag.
- Digital Technology. to transfer or transmit (data) in such a way that it is processed in a steady and continuous stream: Internet service providers are talking about setting limits on the amount of data that can be streamed into your home.
- Nautical. to place (an object) in the water at the end of a line attached to a vessel.
- on stream, in or into operation: The factory will be on stream in a month.
Origin of stream
- a small river; brook
- any steady flow of water or other fluid
- something that resembles a stream in moving continuously in a line or particular direction
- a rapid or unbroken flow of speech, etca stream of abuse
- a flow of money into a businessa revenue stream
- British any of several parallel classes of schoolchildren, or divisions of children within a class, grouped together because of similar ability
- go with the stream or drift with the stream to conform to the accepted standards
- off stream (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) shut down or not in production
- on stream
- (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) in or about to go into operation or production
- available or in existence
- to emit or be emitted in a continuous flowhis nose streamed blood
- (intr) to move in unbroken succession, as a crowd of people, vehicles, etc
- (intr) to float freely or with a waving motionbunting streamed in the wind
- (tr) to unfurl (a flag, etc)
- (intr) to move causing a trail of light, condensed gas, etc, as a jet aircraft
- (when intr, often foll by for) mining to wash (earth, gravel, etc) in running water in prospecting (for gold, etc), to expose the particles of ore or metal
- British education to group or divide (children) in streams
Word Origin for stream
Old English stream "a course of water," from Proto-Germanic *straumaz (cf. Old Saxon strom, Old Norse straumr, Danish strøm, Swedish ström, Norwegian straum, Old Frisian stram, Dutch stroom, Old High German stroum, German Strom "current, river"), from PIE root *sreu- "flow" (see rheum). Meaning "current in the sea" (e.g. Gulf Stream) is recorded from late 14c. Stream of consciousness in lit crit first recorded 1931, originally in psychology (1855).
early 13c., from stream (n.). Related: Streamed; streaming.
- A flow of water in a channel or bed, as a brook, rivulet, or small river.
- A flow of a watery substance, such as blood in blood vessels or cytoplasm in fungal hyphae, in an organism or in part of an organism.
see change horses in midstream; swim against the current (stream).