stream

noun
\ 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

stream

verb
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

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Synonyms for stream

Synonyms: Verb

pour

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, sorting recyclables into anything more than one or two separate streams causes the recycling rate to plunge. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 This is the reality of a wireless, connected world where car doors lock with a click and a chirp, where children in the back seat stream videos and companies can update software technology remotely. Phoebe Wall Howard, ajc, "Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil," 8 July 2018 At other times, William focused on details of the landscape: a broken fence by a riverside, shadows cast by trees, unchanging streams in the midst of changing terrain. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 Study Hall London is available to watch on live stream this Saturday, April 27th, here. Celine Semaan, Teen Vogue, "Why I Started a Sustainable Fashion Conference Series," 26 Apr. 2019 Google unveiled a new service called Stadia that lets players stream videogames from the cloud without needing pricey hardware—an elusive feat that could change the way people buy and play games. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Google Stadia Aims to Stream Games From Cloud," 19 Mar. 2019 But after driving the I-Pace through a stream just moments before arriving at a race track, those worries disappeared. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 And for spendthrifts, YouTube’s free Kids channel offers an endless stream of kid-friendly fare, although quality varies widely. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "How not to break the bank on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2019 The only thing better than Blake Lively’s seemingly endless stream of creative outfits is the way the actor always manages to come up with hilarious commentary on her own style. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Monse Deconstructed Jacket Dress," 12 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now comes the best news of the day: Home Improvement is available to stream on Hulu! Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Home Improvement' Is Available to Stream So Cancel Your Plans ASAP," 6 Apr. 2019 Facebook said engineers were seeking and removing a video by the gunman, who used Facebook Live to stream at least part of his deadly assault on two mosques, and permutations posted by others, Ms. Taylor said. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Digital Media Companies Tell Ad Giant It’s ‘All Hands on Deck’ to Pull New Zealand Video," 15 Mar. 2019 Protesters have been using iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and YouTube, among others, to stream and download the song. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "In honor of Trump visit, Brits try to lift ‘American Idiot’ to top of the charts," 10 July 2018 For less than $100 — the price of one cheap smartphone and enough internet credit to stream video — anyone can start an operation. NBC News, "Cheap tech and widespread internet access fuel rise in cybersex trafficking," 30 June 2018 Apart from all that, the show will also be available to stream on Hulu (start your free month trial here), Vudu, Amazon Prime, and iTunes. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?' Season 4 Will Be Like Nothing You've Ever Watched," 19 Apr. 2019 Premiering at Coachella after Childish Gambino's live performance, the Amazon Studios movie is now available to stream online. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Donald Glover & Rihanna's New Movie, Guava Island, Which Dropped at Coachella 2019," 13 Apr. 2019 Season 1-3 of Grantchester are all available to stream on Amazon with a Prime subscription. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Grantchester Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 28 Mar. 2019 Rumor has it this year's launch is a TV streaming service with original content, free on Apple devices but paid on other gadgets, and without content from major competitors like Netflix and Hulu, with HBO up in the air. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "For Apple's Big Event on Monday, Hardware Is Just a Sideshow," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of stream

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for stream

Noun

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

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The first known use of stream was before the 12th century

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stream

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move in a steady flow
: to produce a liquid continuously and often in large amounts
: to be or become wet with a liquid

stream

noun
\ 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.

stream

verb
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

stream

noun
\ 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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