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

Now on display at Chelsea Flower Show, Duchess Kate has already visited the garden with her family—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis all enjoyed playing in the stream and on the tree swing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Culottes Create the Perfect Pre-Summer Look," 20 May 2019 In another photo, Charlotte and George got to kick off their shoes, and dip their toes in the stream. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears Erdem to Show Queen Elizabeth Her Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 The stream of developments comes at a pivotal moment for the company, which has been struggling to keep up with consumer shifts toward simpler ingredients and healthier food. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz Divulges SEC Investigation, Swings to Loss," 21 Feb. 2019 The data stream for the researchers' recorded Skype call is about 2Mbps. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype," 29 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In just the past few years, millions of people have cut their cable cords and signed up for streaming video services instead. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Cord Cutting Is Driving Big Changes Across the Media Landscape," 5 June 2019 In recent years, its growth has been outpaced by streaming services like Spotify and Apple's own Apple Music. Shannon Liao, CNN, "How iTunes changed music," 4 June 2019 There are more options to choose from than ever before, now that networks program fresh shows all year long (gone are the days of summer reruns), and streaming services load up on original series. oregonlive.com, "Summer TV 2019 heats up: Check out these cool shows," 4 June 2019 As streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music compete for customers, pay-per-song platforms, like iTunes seem to be falling by the wayside. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Apple announces it's getting rid of iTunes," 3 June 2019 The movie, titled simply Schumacher, is expected to be available to view in the United States in theaters or through streaming services in early 2020. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Trailer for Documentary about Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher to Show at Cannes," 13 May 2019 Songwriters and artists will now receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; the law will improve how songwriters are paid by streaming services, with a single mechanical licensing database overseen by music publishers and songwriters. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Silicon Valley may have a Saudi Arabia problem," 12 Oct. 2018 Here's a fun catch — Ben Affleck called the emergence of streaming subscription services back in 2003. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Ben Affleck — yes that Ben Affleck — appears to have predicted Spotify and Netflix back in 2003," 8 July 2018 Through the partnership, announced Thursday, Sony is considering using Microsoft’s Azure cloud service for streaming its game content. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Microsoft, Sony to Partner on Cloud Technology for Gaming Services," 16 May 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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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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