- a teardrop line of contour offering the least possible resistance to a current of air, water, etc.
- the path of a particle that is flowing steadily and without turbulence in a fluid past an object.
- to make streamlined.
- to alter in order to make more efficient or simple.
Origin of streamline
Examples from the Web for streamline
And later film-camera images were better quality as researchers learned how to streamline the process.The USSR’s Race to the Moon’s Far Side
Matthew R. Francis
October 12, 2014
And people searching to take over a lease can select “landlord approved” apartments to streamline the process.From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home
September 17, 2014
Once the public got wind of their move, they intoned that they were just trying to streamline government.
Once revealed, these statesmen shockingly defended the move as part of their effort to streamline government.
Many apps can streamline and make your travels easier as well as save you money on flights and hotels.The Best Travel Apps for Road Warriors
May 27, 2014
The result was the first American "streamline" design for a shell.
Its purpose was to streamline the commercialization of a farm product, and in this effort it was highly successful.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
They had streamline hulls and tails that embodied universal-jointed double fish-tail rudders.Armageddon--2419 A.D.
Philip Francis Nowlan
"No wonder they streamline," he muttered as he saw the enormous force it took to drive the gigantic ship through this air.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
The French had developed a mortar shell on the streamline principle which was invisible in flight and had twice the range of ours.
- a contour on a body that offers the minimum resistance to a gas or liquid flowing around it
- an imaginary line in a fluid such that the tangent at any point indicates the direction of the velocity of a particle of the fluid at that point
- to make streamlined
Word Origin and History for streamline
1868, "line drawn from point to point, so that its direction is everywhere that of the motion of the fluid" [Lamb, "Hydrodynamics," 1906], from stream (n.) + line (n.). The adjective is attested from 1898, "free from turbulence," 1907 in sense of "shaped so that the flow around it is smooth."
1913, "give a streamline form to," from streamline (n.). From 1936 in the extended sense of "simplify and organize." Related: Streamlined; streamlining.
- To construct or reconstruct an object to reduce the amount of drag it undergoes as it moves through a fluid, especially air or water.