mid·​stream | \ ˈmid-ˈstrēm How to pronounce midstream (audio) , -ˌstrēm \

Definition of midstream

1 : the middle of a stream
2 : an intermediate stage in an act or process the tone changes in midstream

Examples of midstream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common way to locate, isolate, and exercise your PC muscle is to stand over the toilet, start peeing, then stop midstream. Amanda Schupak, SELF, 18 Dec. 2015 The offensive formula the Bengals have adopted in midstream is working very well. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2021 One significant danger is that chief financial officers looking to save money could derail a digital transformation midstream. Verne Kopytoff, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 The company’s business segments include oil and gas, chemical and midstream and marketing. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Spicer, who was President Donald Trump’s first White House press secretary, alleged that Democrats were changing election rules, including deadlines, midstream. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 The mayor said stopping a construction process midstream leaves a community subject to significant liability and money damages. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 Opponents of the idea argued that changing the rules midstream would send a terrible message for future city contracts. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 China currently dominates the global rare earths industry, both in the upstream mining and the midstream processing segments. Mary Hui, Quartz, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of midstream

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Midstream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midstream. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for midstream


mid·​stream | \ ˈmid-ˈstrēm How to pronounce midstream (audio) \

Kids Definition of midstream

: the part of a stream farthest from each bank


mid·​stream | \ ˌmid-ˈstrēm How to pronounce midstream (audio) \

Medical Definition of midstream

: of, relating to, or being urine passed during the middle of an act of urination and not at the beginning or end a midstream specimen

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