mid·​stream | \ˈmid-ˈstrēm, -ˌstrēm\

Definition of midstream 

1 : the middle of a stream

2 : an intermediate stage in an act or process the tone changes in midstream

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Other financing needs will come from the money raised from selling domestic renewables and some midstream assets. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sempra makes $1.6B stock offering to wrap up Oncor acquisition," 10 July 2018 Enbridge on Wednesday agreed to sell its Midcoast Operating LP gas midstream unit to ArcLight Capital Partners for $1.12 billion. Kevin Orland And Alex Nussbaum, Houston Chronicle, "Enbridge cuts Spectra deal debt with asset sales," 9 May 2018 Blackstone’s private-equity energy team, led by Senior Managing Director David Foley, invests globally across different sectors, including upstream, midstream and oil field-services, and renewable power. Luis Garcia And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Blackstone Promotes New Energy Fund as Oil Prices Rise," 10 May 2018 Meanwhile, the Flyers are midstream into a youth movement, but a cluster of their skill players — Jake Voracek, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds — is pushing or already at 30. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "For Flyers, another summer of goalie uncertainty," 27 Apr. 2018 But some zebrafish cells switched midstream to a different type, as indicated by changes in their gene activity, Schier and his colleagues report. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How one cell gives rise to an entire body," 26 Apr. 2018 One excavator equipped with a hydraulic hammer is pounding the serpentine concrete and limestone wall, known as a fixed crest spillway, that extends from the south bank of the river to an island at midstream. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South wall of Estabrook Park dam falls under blows of hydraulic hammer," 2 Apr. 2018 The centerpin reel spun rapidly as the float splashed midstream. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Centerpin gear is gaining fans for tributary fishing," 24 Mar. 2018 One of the trials had such discouraging results that it was aborted midstream. Andrew Scull, WSJ, "‘The Pleasure Shock’ Review: This Is Your Brain On Batteries," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of midstream

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

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mid·​stream | \ˈmid-ˈstrēm \

Kids Definition of midstream

: the part of a stream farthest from each bank


mid·​stream | \ˌmid-ˈstrēm \

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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