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noun \ˈstrēm\

Simple Definition of stream

  • : a natural flow of water that is smaller than a river

  • : any flow of liquid or gas

  • : a continuous flow of people or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stream

  1. 1 :  a body of running water (as a river or brook) flowing on the earth; also :  any body of flowing fluid (as water or gas)

  2. 2a :  a steady succession (as of words or events) <kept up an endless stream of chatter>b :  a constantly renewed or steady supply <a stream of revenue>c :  a continuous moving procession <a stream of traffic>

  3. 3 :  an unbroken flow (as of gas or particles of matter)

  4. 4 :  a ray of light

  5. 5a :  a prevailing attitude or group <has always run against the stream of current fashion>b :  a dominant influence or line of development <the influence of two streams of inheritance: genetic and cultural — P. B. Baltes>

  6. 6 British :  track 3c

Examples of stream in a sentence

  1. A stream flows through the field.

Origin and Etymology of stream

Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; akin to Old High German stroum stream, Greek rhein to flow

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of stream

  • : to move in a steady flow

  • of the body or a body part : to produce a liquid continuously and often in large amounts

  • : to be or become wet with a liquid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stream

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to flow in or as if in a streamb :  to leave a bright trail <a meteor streamed through the sky>

    2. 2a :  to exude a bodily fluid profusely <her eyes were streaming>b :  to become wet with a discharge of bodily fluid <streaming with perspiration>

    3. 3 :  to trail out at full length <her hair streaming back as she ran>

    4. 4 :  to pour in large numbers <complaints came streaming in>

    5. transitive verb
    6. 1 :  to emit freely or in a stream <his eyes streamed tears>

    7. 2 :  to display (as a flag) by waving

    8. 3 :  to transfer (digital data, such as audio or video material) in a continuous stream especially for immediate processing or playback

    Examples of stream in a sentence

    1. Tears streamed down his cheeks.

    2. I could feel the cold air streaming in through the crack in the window.

    3. Sunlight was streaming in through the window.

    4. rays of light streaming through the clouds

    5. His face streamed with sweat.

    6. People streamed into the hall.

    7. Immigrants streamed into the country.

    8. Hundreds of letters streamed in from listeners.

    13th Century

    First Known Use of stream

    13th century

    STREAM Defined for Kids



    noun \ˈstrēm\

    Definition of stream for Students

    1. 1 :  a body of water (as a brook or river) flowing on the earth

    2. 2 :  a flow of liquid or gas <a stream of tears>

    3. 3 :  a steady series (as of words or events) following one another <There was an endless stream of traffic.>




    Definition of stream for Students



    1. 1 :  to flow in or as if in a stream <Rain was streaming down the windows.>

    2. 2 :  to give out a bodily fluid in large amounts <His face streamed sweat.>

    3. 3 :  to become wet with flowing liquid <The windows are streaming with rain.>

    4. 4 :  to trail out at full length <Her hair streamed in the wind.>

    5. 5 :  to pour, enter, or arrive in large numbers <The people streamed into the hall.> <Complaints were streaming in.>

    6. 6 :  to transfer (data, as music or videos) in a continuous stream especially to be played immediately

    Medical Dictionary


    noun \ˈstrēm\

    Medical Definition of stream

    1. :  an unbroken current or flow (as of water, a bodily fluid, or a gas)—see bloodstream, midstream

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