\ ˈstrēm \

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

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for stream

Synonyms: Verb

flow, pour, roll, run

Antonyms: Verb

back up

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Examples of stream in a Sentence


A stream flows through the field.


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

For six years, Loon’s engineers and designers and balloon recovery operatives haven’t had to worry about funding or revenue streams or hiring HR people or who’s running their PR strategy. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Embraer, a jewel of Brazilian industry, will remain a separate company that makes military and private jets while reaping a revenue stream from the new partnership. Fabiola Moura,, "Boeing takes control of Embraer's commercial jet business in $4.75-billion deal," 5 July 2018 Defense Plan Embraer, a jewel of Brazilian industry, will remain a separate company that makes military and private jets while reaping a revenue stream from the new partnership. Fortune, "Boeing and Embraer Are Forming a $4.75 Billion Commercial Jet Venture," 5 July 2018 In its first 24 hours, the album had 170 million streams on Apple Music around the world. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is a Streaming Giant," 2 July 2018 Local tax incentives choke away revenue streams from districts. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Eutelsat’s biggest business remains satellite TV, while Inmarsat’s largest revenue stream is still providing connectivity to the shipping industry. Thomas Seal,, "Eutelsat Won't Bid for Inmarsat, Clearing Way for EchoStar," 26 June 2018 Massie suggested that the state adjust its income tax to account for the revenue stream. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky poised to begin levying online sales tax," 22 June 2018 Such behind-the-scenes attractions, which are a staple at all three of SeaWorld Entertainment’s namesake parks, have proven increasingly popular at theme parks in general and offer a revenue stream beyond admission. Lori Weisberg,, "SeaWorld debuts up-close encounters with otters, seals, flamingos — for a charge," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Netflix, one in three people who watched The Kissing Booth streamed it a second time, which is 30 percent higher than Netflix's average re-watch rate. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix Is Making the Rom-Com Cool Again," 10 July 2018 The goal is apparently to turn the company into a competitor to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney’s streaming service, which is set to launch some time next year. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is AT&T Going to Ruin HBO?," 10 July 2018 Or stream it to your Echo Show or TV, if it's connected via Chromecast or Fire TV. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Smart Doorbell, Like Nest Hello Or Ring," 6 July 2018 Disney announced last summer that the studio would be removing its movies from Netflix to break into streaming itself. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Disney Shuffles Execs Ahead of Streaming Service Launch," 28 June 2018 Being able to go to the meetings, and live-streaming them for others that can’t attend, and talking to members about my concerns gives me a way to do something, rather than be at home, disconnected and powerless. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Bernie Sanders supporter attends every DNC reform meeting. DNC member calls her a Russian plant.," 12 June 2018 Similar to its competitors like Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music, the music streaming giant’s new family-friendly plan will feature ad-less listening sessions, offline playback, customizable playlists and host up to six accounts for $14.99. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union Dish On Their 17-Year Silent Feud," 29 May 2018 Sky Sports broadcast the matches on television and The Sun, a London tabloid, streamed them online. Carl Prine,, "Marine boxer bludgeons his way to Best Boxer title in London bouts," 28 May 2018 Now, downloading is dying, while revenue from streaming services led by Spotify and Apple Music rose 41 percent in 2017 and now represents 54 percent of the market, the IFPI said. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Record industry headed for new ‘golden age,’ YouTube Music boss predicts," 22 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stream.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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



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

: 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


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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


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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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