a body of water flowing in a channel or watercourse, as a river, rivulet, or brook.
a steady current in water, as in a river or the ocean: to row against the stream;the Gulf Stream.
any flow of water or other liquid or fluid: streams of blood.
a current or flow of air, gas, or the like.
a beam or trail of light: A stream of moonlight fell from the clouds.
a continuous flow or succession of anything: a stream of words.
prevailing direction; drift: the stream of opinion.
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.
to flow, pass, or issue in a stream, as water, tears, or blood.
to send forth or throw off a stream; run or flow (often followed by with): eyes streaming with tears.
to extend in a beam or in rays, as light: Sunlight streamed in through the windows.
to move or proceed continuously like a flowing stream, as a procession.
to wave or float outward, as a flag in the wind.
to hang in a loose, flowing manner, as long hair.
to send forth or discharge in a stream: The wound streamed blood.
to cause to stream or float outward, as a flag.
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.
Nautical. to place (an object) in the water at the end of a line attached to a vessel.
Idioms about stream
on stream, in or into operation: The factory will be on stream in a month.
- streamless, adjective
- streamlike, adjective
- in·ter·stream, adjective
- outstream, verb (used with object)
- un·der·stream, noun
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How to use stream in a sentence
“The threat streams to U.S. interests and Western interests are off the chart,” he said.
But who cleans lakes and streams and rivers and makes them fishable and swimmable again?Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start | Michael Tomasky | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They want to hear, even as smaller artists are just dying to be heard, drowning in the streams.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple | Dale Eisinger | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some streams of Buddhism have the trappings of worship, rituals, and semi-divine beings, but others do not.
It also kills roadside trees, pollutes streams and wells, and destroys gardens.
The Smooth Naked Horsetail is a common plant, specially by the sides of streams and pools.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be diminished, and be dried up.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The train had long passed Hornberg, and far below the streams tumbled in white foam down the limestone rocks.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
There 171 are a great many streams at Port Royal, and among them three or four where the fish swarm in the spawning season.
The amount of waterpower is above average in Virginia due to many swift streams and rivers and the high elevation.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for stream
a small river; brook
any steady flow of water or other fluid
something that resembles a stream in moving continuously in a line or particular direction
a rapid or unbroken flow of speech, etc: a stream of abuse
a flow of money into a business: a revenue stream
British any of several parallel classes of schoolchildren, or divisions of children within a class, grouped together because of similar ability
go with the stream or drift with the stream to conform to the accepted standards
off stream (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) shut down or not in production
(of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) in or about to go into operation or production
available or in existence
to emit or be emitted in a continuous flow: his nose streamed blood
(intr) to move in unbroken succession, as a crowd of people, vehicles, etc
(intr) to float freely or with a waving motion: bunting streamed in the wind
(tr) to unfurl (a flag, etc)
(intr) to move causing a trail of light, condensed gas, etc, as a jet aircraft
(when intr, often foll by for) mining to wash (earth, gravel, etc) in running water in prospecting (for gold, etc), to expose the particles of ore or metal
British education to group or divide (children) in streams
- streamlet, noun
- streamlike, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for stream
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with stream
see change horses in midstream; swim against the current (stream).
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