stream

[ streem ]
/ strim /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for stream

    on stream, in or into operation: The factory will be on stream in a month.

Origin of stream

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun streem, streme, Old English strēam; cognate with German Strom, Old Norse straumr; akin to Greek rheîn “to flow”; verb derivative of the noun; see rheum

synonym study for stream

Stream, current refer to a steady flow. In this use they are interchangeable. In the sense of running water, however, a stream is a flow that may be as small as a brook or as large as a river: A number of streams have their sources in mountains. Current refers to the most rapidly moving part of the stream: This river has a swift current.

OTHER WORDS FROM stream

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stream

brook, creek, river, stream .
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British Dictionary definitions for stream

stream
/ (striːm) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of stream

streamlet, nounstreamlike, adjective

Word Origin for stream

Old English; related to Old Frisian strām, Old Norse straumr, Old High German stroum, Greek rheuma
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Scientific definitions for stream

stream
[ strēm ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with stream

stream

see change horses in midstream; swim against the current (stream).

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