\ 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

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Synonyms for stream

Synonyms: Verb


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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

The gut is home to a flowing stream, and although the water levels aren’t high, runners will still need to get their feet wet and navigate some slippery rocks. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon is always arduous, but smoke, dust and heat could add to this year’s challenge," 2 July 2019 Download the mp3 file here, listen to the stream here or below, or subscribe to it through Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: First place, four all-stars and Keston Hiura is back ... so why does it still feel like a struggle?," 1 July 2019 This week: Epix’s Perpetual Grace LTD, whose first four episodes are currently available to stream. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Perpetual Grace LTD is worth subscribing to yet another streaming service for," 21 June 2019 Consumer groups and youth advocates have claimed that the video site fails to filter content by appropriate age levels, exposing children to a near-endless stream of troubling content. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Americans lack trust in social networks’ judgment to remove offensive posts, Pew finds," 20 June 2019 According to prosecutors, Moscatiello profited handsomely from his association with Kidan and saw Boulis as a threat to a steady income stream. Rafael Olmeda,, "He’s the man who killed the man who killed the Miami Subs founder," 17 June 2019 But Leonard isn’t a one-man band tethered to a stream of isolations. Michael Shapiro,, "Kawhi Leonard’s Superstar Evolution Has Another Dynasty On Its Last Legs," 10 June 2019 The scene opened with Corden, sitting solo on a couch wearing a hoodie and holding a television remote, trying to decide what show to stream. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "James Corden Kicks Off the 2019 Tony Awards With Ambitious Opening Number," 9 June 2019 The extension of the Long Island Railroad in 1872 led to a stream of wealthy New Yorkers building large summer retreats near the area’s beaches for the first time. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Former Investor for George Soros Lists a $22.5 Million Hamptons Home," 27 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The game can be seen on ESPN or streamed on Monumental Sports Network. Edward Lee,, "Former Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse star Chase Scanlan transferring to Syracuse," 4 July 2019 With a new month comes new movies and shows streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's What's New on Amazon Prime Video in July 2019," 29 June 2019 The anniversary is marked today with a limited edition vinyl re-release and a first-ever digital release across streaming platforms. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Stardust On The Gay Bars, Firings & Failures That Led To 'Music Sounds Better With You'," 28 June 2019 Check out any one of these movies, which are all streaming on a device near you. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "Horror for Dummies: The 9 Best Killer Doll Movies to Stream Right Now," 28 June 2019 Hundreds of boxes of all shapes and sizes streamed by on a conveyor belt. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 It will be performed before a live audience in New York and streamed on the Law Works website beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern. Washington Post, "Lithgow, Bening and more stars to perform Mueller report," 24 June 2019 Just like the film tracks the rise of an up-and-coming artist, the Beats soundtrack is full of artists who haven't had major radio play or playlisting on streaming platforms yet. Sarah Midkiff,, "Songs & Artists You Can Thank The Beats Soundtrack For Introducing," 20 June 2019 The audience, which spans the globe and flocks to popular gamers on YouTube and streaming platforms such as Twitch, is in the tens of millions. Peter Holley, The Denver Post, "Carpal tunnel, back pain and social anxiety: Inside the injury-plagued world of professional gaming," 16 June 2019

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


\ 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


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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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