mid·​stream ˈmid-ˈstrēm How to pronounce midstream (audio)
: the middle of a stream
: an intermediate stage in an act or process
the tone changes in midstream

Examples of midstream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gonna be a weird title defense with pitchers Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and newcomer Tyler Mahle joining midstream, but the lineup will have Evan Carter for an entire season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 He was cut off midstream and went silent for three months. Li Yuan, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The platform idea was abandoned midstream, with construction returning to ground level. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Hollywood studios paid to keep the sets up for some of the movies that were shut down midstream; that pic is among them. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 The falling revenue came despite higher volumes in the company’s natural-gas liquid, midstream gathering, intrastate natural gas transportation and crude transportation segments. WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 In a letter to employees, Go said the company’s midstream segment remains core to its business. Paul O'Donnell, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2023 The council voted 8-6 to ask the city’s planning director to halt the city’s environmental review of the Bulgari midstream. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 Attention to them has amplified this week along with controversy over Texas’ other attempt at a border barrier: a 1,000-foot string of floating orange buoys the state deployed at midstream. USA TODAY, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of midstream was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Midstream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midstream. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


mid·​stream ˈmid-ˈstrēm How to pronounce midstream (audio)
: the middle of a stream

Medical Definition


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