\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a body of running water (such as a river or creek) flowing on the earth also : any body of flowing fluid (such as water or gas)
2a : a steady succession (as of words or events) kept up an endless stream of chatter
b : a constantly renewed or steady supply a stream of revenue
c : a continuous moving procession a stream of traffic
d : digital data (such as audio or video material) that is continuously delivered one packet at a time and is usually intended for immediate processing or playback Having proved their popularity with American couch potatoes, digital video recorders (DVRs) are about to get a boost in features that will allow them to zap several video streams throughout networked homes.— Ed Frauenheim
3 : an unbroken flow (as of gas or particles of matter)
4 : a ray of light
5a : a prevailing attitude or group has always run against the stream of current fashion
b : a dominant influence or line of development the influence of two streams of inheritance: genetic and cultural— P. B. Baltes
6 British : track sense 5c


streamed; streaming; streams

Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to flow in or as if in a stream
b : to leave a bright trail a meteor streamed through the sky
2a : to exude a bodily fluid profusely her eyes were streaming
b : to become wet with a discharge of bodily fluid streaming with perspiration
3 : to trail out at full length her hair streaming back as she ran
4 : to pour in large numbers complaints came streaming in

transitive verb

1 : to emit freely or in a stream his eyes streamed tears
2 : to display (something, such as a flag) by waving
3 : to transfer (digital data, such as audio or video material) in a continuous stream especially for immediate processing or playback: such as
a : to watch a video on a streaming service … passed the time watching the same shows as he would have streamed at home.— Greg Egan
b : to broadcast a video for others to watch on a stream I went live, but there was no one in my room. Just me. Streaming myself live. Shirtless. To no one.— Will Dennis

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stream in a Sentence

Noun A stream flows through the field. Verb Tears streamed down his cheeks. I could feel the cold air streaming in through the crack in the window. Sunlight was streaming in through the window. rays of light streaming through the clouds His face streamed with sweat. People streamed into the hall. Immigrants streamed into the country. Hundreds of letters streamed in from listeners. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Will there be a live stream of the Cup race at Michigan? Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2022 His Twitter feed, followed by 2.6 million, is a constant stream of pro-bitcoin quips. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The Hustlers star has been bringing the heat with her seemingly never-ending stream of glamorous European holiday looks as of late. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2022 The woods with its stream and connectivity to athletic fields can be utilized by all residents. Megan Becka, cleveland, 25 July 2022 The park and wetlands are at the ocean outlet of the Loma Alta Creek, a seasonal stream about seven miles long that drains nearly 6,300 acres or about 10 square miles. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Will there be a live stream of the Cup race at New Hampshire? Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 For entrepreneurs, this woodland is the endless stream of options. Michael Mcmullen, Forbes, 30 June 2022 While a single air taxi may be relatively quiet, what happens when there is a constant stream of them coming in and out of a landing spot? Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. Seasons 1 and 2 of The Morning Show are available to stream in full on Apple TV+. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, the third and final season of his series Locke & Key is now available to stream on Netflix. Andy Meek, BGR, 10 Aug. 2022 The series will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. Criticism of Brittney Griner's national anthem stance renewed after Russia drug sentencing Somers: Could playing for Phoenix Suns make Kevin Durant happy? Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2022 Starting September 16, Jane will also be available to stream on Creator+. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2022 Alternatively, the show is available to stream on Hulu. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 7 Aug. 2022 Alternatively, the show is available to stream on Hulu. Rania Aniftos, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Aug. 2022 So there’s no shame in asking the now popular question: when will this movie be available to stream? Milan Polk, Men's Health, 5 Aug. 2022 As of writing, the track isn't available to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube and can only be purchased on Beyoncé's official website to then be delivered via email as a MP3 file. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stream


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for stream


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

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\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

Kids Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a body of water (as a brook or river) flowing on the earth
2 : a flow of liquid or gas a stream of tears
3 : a steady series (as of words or events) following one another There was an endless stream of traffic.


streamed; streaming

Kids Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to flow in or as if in a stream Rain was streaming down the windows.
2 : to give out a bodily fluid in large amounts His face streamed sweat.
3 : to become wet with flowing liquid The windows are streaming with rain.
4 : to trail out at full length Her hair streamed in the wind.
5 : to pour, enter, or arrive in large numbers The people streamed into the hall. Complaints were streaming in.
6 : to transfer (data, as music or videos) in a continuous stream especially to be played immediately


\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

Medical Definition of stream

: an unbroken current or flow (as of water, a bodily fluid, or a gas) — see bloodstream, midstream

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