- 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.
- livestream (def. 2).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- livestream (def. 1).
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What is a basic definition of stream?
A stream is a small river, a continuous flow, or a flow of data over the internet. Stream has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
Like a river, a stream is a body of water that flows from one source and ends by emptying into a larger body of water or a water basin. When it comes to rivers and streams, there is no official measurement used to separate them. Generally, a stream is considered to be smaller than a river, but even official organizations concerned with geography sometimes use both terms to refer to the same body of water.
- Real-life examples: The United States has millions of miles of streams. Streams play an important part in nature because they deliver water or offer shelter to plants, fish, and other aquatic animals. You might have a stream near you that is home to fish or other aquatic life.
- Used in a sentence: We saw a small fish jump out of the stream.
The word stream is used more generally to mean a flow of anything, not just water. One sense of the noun streamer is something that streams, such as a flame.
- Real-life examples: A stream of tears might flow out of your eyes if you hit your thumb with a hammer. You might hear about a stream of wind during a weather forecast. Department stores often get a stream of customers during the holidays.
- Used in a sentence: Luckily, the doctor quickly stopped the stream of blood coming from my leg.
In this same sense, stream is used as a verb to mean to flow like water, literally or figuratively.
- Used in a sentence: Milk streamed from the vats into the chocolate-making machinery.
Stream also refers to a flow of data that is transmitted over the internet to your computer or other electronic device. A stream usually takes the form of music, movies, video games, or a live video broadcast.
- Real-life examples: Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch allow people to watch streams of videos, while Spotify and Amazon Music offer music streams.
- Used in a sentence: We watched a stream of the movie on my laptop.
In this same sense, stream is used as a verb to mean to transmit or receive a stream of data over the internet. Here, a streamer is the person who sends or receives data over the internet.
- Used in a sentence: I told her not to illegally stream music but she wouldn’t listen.
Where does stream come from?
The first records of stream come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English noun strēam. The verb comes from the noun.
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What are some other forms related to stream?
- streamer (noun)
- streamy (adjective)
- streamless (adjective)
- streamlike (adjective)
- interstream (adjective)
- outstream (verb)
- understream (noun)
What are some synonyms for stream?
What are some words that share a root or word element with stream?
- stream of consciousness
- don’t change horses in midstream
- swim against the stream
What are some words that often get used in discussing stream?
How is stream used in real life?
Stream is a common word that most often means a flow of water or liquid. Online, the word stream is much more likely to mean to transmit or receive data through the internet.
Urban & Small Stream Flood Warning for interior lowland areas (especially I-5 corridor) until 1145PM tonight. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks & streams, urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses, drainage areas & low-lying spots. #wawx
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 3, 2021
On the less pleasant side, Lucy our Asst Producer turned on her shower and 1000s of ants streamed out. I've been luckier. So far…
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 5, 2011
When Netflix and Hulu launched I said “I’m not gonna buy *two* streaming services.” Now I have Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBOMax, Showtime, Amazon Prime, Roku, Sling TV, CBS All Access, Peacock, AppleTV+, Discovery+, Criterion Channel, WWE Network, Crunchyroll, Sony Crackle, (1/67)
— Brandon Scott Wolf (@BrandonEsWolf) January 6, 2021
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A stream can be a creek, brook, or small river.
Example sentences from the Web for stream
Andrew Wheeler announced a stream of funding to help fix a pipe that collapsed in 2017 and caused millions of gallons of untreated sewage to spill from Tijuana into San Diego.Environment Report: State Throws Cold Water on Pricing Scheme|MacKenzie Elmer|September 14, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Uniquely, Nickmercs uses a controller instead of a mouse and keyboard, which has further popularized him among other controller players who crowd to his stream each day.FaZe Clan’s Lee Trink, Troy Carter and Nick ‘Nickmercs’ Kolcheff are coming to Disrupt 2020|Jordan Crook|September 11, 2020|TechCrunch
“The stream has dominated our lives since the mid-2000s,” Caulfield says.Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet|Tanya Basu|September 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
As demand from marketers grows, publishers will start to take more control of their contextual ad revenue stream.‘Supercharging contextual’: Publishers eye potential for contextual ad revenue growth|Lucinda Southern|September 3, 2020|Digiday
The surprising finding suggests birds might be able to seed lakes and streams with new fish, including invasive species.
But the people from Valley Stream had such a thick New York accent that was all around me.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The marchers began to stream out of the park, where they walked West on 110th and then hung a right on 7th Avenue.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stream House of Cards and other Netflix originals right from the Hopper.
Slow at first, then steadily, a stream of liquid drips off the incision.
Take responsibility for an endless stream of people, even as our own suffer, and struggle to get policy relief from Washington.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The very stream that went through it flowed sluggishly along, and as if it hadn't any particular object in life.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
This hurly-burly,” said he, drawing her into a quiet eddy of the stream, “is no place for the communion of two twin souls.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He felt that all her force, like a strong and ardent stream, was flowing into the new channel which he had cut for her.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
One heavily-laden boat was dragged into the stream, and a few officers and men clambered on board.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
His expletives were varied, vivid and inexhaustible, and the turbid stream was easily set flowing.
British Dictionary definitions for stream
- (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) in or about to go into operation or production
- available or in existence
Derived forms of streamstreamlet, nounstreamlike, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with stream
see change horses in midstream; swim against the current (stream).