[ stree-ming ]
/ ˈstri mɪŋ /


an act or instance of flowing.
Also called protoplasmic streaming. Biology. rapid flowing of cytoplasm within a cell; cyclosis.
Digital Technology. a technology for transferring data so that it can be received and processed in a steady stream: live streaming video.

Nearby words

  1. stream-of-consciousness,
  2. streambed,
  3. streamer,
  4. streamer fly,
  5. streamflow,
  6. streaming movement,
  7. streaming potential,
  8. streamingly,
  9. streamlet,
  10. streamline

Origin of streaming

First recorded in 1350–1400, streaming is from the Middle English word streming. See stream, -ing1

Related formsstream·ing·ly, adverbun·stream·ing, adjective


[ streem ]
/ strim /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of stream

before 900; (noun) Middle English streem, Old English strēam; cognate with German Strom, Old Norse straumr; akin to Greek rheîn to flow (see rheum); (v.) Middle English streamen, derivative of the noun

Related forms
Can be confusedbrook creek river stream

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for streaming


/ (striːm) /



Derived Formsstreamlet, 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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Word Origin and History for streaming
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Medicine definitions for streaming


[ strēmĭng ]


Streaming movement.

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Science definitions for streaming


[ strēmĭng ]

Relating to information that is transmitted in real time over the Internet, instead of being sent first as a file and then opened after it has been downloaded.


[ 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 streaming


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

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