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stream

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noun \ˈstrēm\

Definition of stream

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

  2. 2a :  a steady succession (as of words or events) kept up an endless stream of chatterb :  a constantly renewed or steady supply a stream of revenuec :  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 fashionb :  a dominant influence or line of development the influence of two streams of inheritance: genetic and cultural — P. B. Baltes

  6. 6 British :  track 5c

Examples of stream in a Sentence

  1. A stream flows through the field.

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Origin and Etymology of stream

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


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stream

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Definition of stream

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to flow in or as if in a streamb :  to leave a bright trail a meteor streamed through the sky

  3. 2a :  to exude a bodily fluid profusely her eyes were streamingb :  to become wet with a discharge of bodily fluid streaming with perspiration

  4. 3 :  to trail out at full length her hair streaming back as she ran

  5. 4 :  to pour in large numbers complaints came streaming in

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to emit freely or in a stream his eyes streamed tears

  8. 2 :  to display (something, such as a flag) by waving

  9. 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.

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First Known Use of stream

13th century


STREAM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stream for English Language Learners

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

  • : any flow of liquid or gas

  • : a continuous flow of people or things

stream

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Definition of stream for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STREAM Defined for Kids

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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.


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Definition of stream for Students

streamed

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streaming

  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

stream

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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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