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 As little as knee-deep near an island midstream, the water deepens and its current accelerates near the Texas bank. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "From ruined economies to tiny Del Rio," 6 May 2021 When the rules are changed midstream, those who sacrificed under the old rules see themselves as losing out. Marguerite Roza, Forbes, "A Way To Ease Student Loan Debt Without Sticking Taxpayers With The Bill: How About A Trade?," 17 Mar. 2021 On teams headed irrevocably for disaster, a number of players will just give up, at least in their minds, and even consider opting out in midstream. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "On a murky night, Warriors’ big picture has clarity," 13 Jan. 2021 The eligibility criteria were complex and restrictive, some deadlines changed midstream, and students complained of not getting timely responses to their questions. Washington Post, "Why 3,000 people are still waiting for Maryland’s community college scholarship," 5 Oct. 2020 Be careful, though, as the rocks that skirt the road are seemingly more slippery than those midstream. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Trout streams reveal the splendor of North Georgia," 15 Oct. 2020 The league was in its fallow period when the coronavirus pandemic in March forced other sports leagues to shut down in midstream. Ken Belson, New York Times, "N.F.L.’s New Two-Minute Drill: Juggling a Coronavirus Outbreak," 1 Oct. 2020 Refusing to dismount midstream, Livote hit up Carvana again to buy a 2019 Ford Fiesta while the unloved Mirage was still parked outside. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "Car Buying Stories: Return to Sender," 19 Sep. 2020 When Sarah arrived in 1999, Latvia had gained its independence from the USSR less than 10 years prior, and people were filled with hope, but joining the world market midstream has proved to be hard on Aloja. Amy Thielen, Saveur, "Cooking Lessons from the Latvian Countryside," 10 Oct. 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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“Midstream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midstream. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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