[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. streaking,
  2. streaky,
  3. stream,
  4. stream capture,
  5. stream of consciousness,
  6. streambed,
  7. streamer,
  8. streamer fly,
  9. streamflow,
  10. streaming

stream of consciousness


Psychology. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.

Origin of stream of consciousness

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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Culture definitions for stream-of-consciousness

stream of consciousness

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.

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