- having a contour designed to offer the least possible resistance to a current of air, water, etc.; optimally shaped for motion or conductivity.
- designed or organized to give maximum efficiency; compact.
- modernized; up-to-date.
Origin of streamlined
- 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 streamlined
Once in Sicily, the refugees are processed and released by the Italian authorities, who have streamlined the experience.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
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December 15, 2014
Hoop skirts of the Civil War era relaxed into flowing, streamlined gowns.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
Schultz agreed that mining regulations should be streamlined.The Secret Money Buying Wisconsin’s Laws
October 17, 2014
Nowadays tech developers are constantly striving to create the most integrated, streamlined consumer experience possible.How We Compute: Flexible Hardware Required
September 29, 2014
Look no further than Marbel, the record-setting, streamlined electric skateboard that weighs less than 10lbs.Fish on Wheels, Digital Pet Babysitters, and More of the Summer’s Best Kickstarters
May 29, 2014
The flat, streamlined bulk of a flying machine, shiny and new.The Eternal Wall
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That's just streamlined muscle you're looking at, sweetheart!Legacy
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They had to be streamlined to pierce the thick, resisting part of the atmosphere.Space Platform
Headings of balance sheets have been streamlined for online viewing.Chronicles of London Bridge
The compact assembly, streamlined for this purpose, was all ready for the morrow.Star Born
- offering or designed to offer the minimum resistance to the flow of a gas or liquid
- made more efficient, esp by simplifying
- 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 streamlined
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.