stream·​ing | \ ˈstrē-miŋ How to pronounce streaming (audio) \

Definition of streaming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act, the process, or an instance of streaming data (see stream entry 2 sense transitive 3) or of accessing data that is being streamed … among the hundreds whose presentations are freely available for streaming on the conference website.— Joanne McNeil Streaming is preferable for sites that feature live broadcasts (e.g. live speeches and keynote addresses), in which case downloading files is not an option.— Neo Mai and Ken Neo T. K.
2 : an act or instance of flowing specifically : cyclosis
3 British : tracking sense 1



Definition of streaming (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or being the transfer of data (such as audio or video material) in a continuous stream especially for immediate processing or playback

Examples of streaming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the streaming service’s longest-running series, fans had an opportunity to become incredibly attached to the characters, plot and comedy that ties it all together. Rebecca Norris, Good Housekeeping, 22 May 2022 The show will be available to live stream on Philo, which is a 64-channel option and an entertainment-only streaming service. Mark Heim |, al, 21 May 2022 The fight is available through the DAZN streaming service. oregonlive, 21 May 2022 Its reported budget, $200 million, is the biggest in the streaming service’s history. Mark Feeney,, 20 May 2022 Submarine Deluxe, in association with Sideshow, will release the film in theaters nationwide this fall, along with a robust festival rollout, ahead of its debut on HBO and streaming service HBO Max in 2023. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 19 May 2022 What’s so fascinating about this moment in time for the company, though, is how Netflix has been gradually reversing many of the foundational principles of the streaming service. Andy Meek, BGR, 19 May 2022 The new season, premiering June 22 on the streaming service, finds the Umbrella Academy facing off against the mysterious Sparrow Academy via a paradox that loops together multiple timelines. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2022 Chris Wallace has decided to stay with CNN after the rapid demise of the CNN Plus streaming service that had hired him as a host — but his new interview show will be streamed on the network’s sister service HBO Max, starting this fall. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Also playing a role was the circa-2000s pre-streaming landscape. Sydney Urbanek, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 That’s not a blow-out number by non-streaming standards. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Her eclectic sensibility comes across as the result of music production in a post-streaming world, where all music is available on the same platform and consumed alongside each other. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 21 Oct. 2021 Spielberg has sometimes been seen as anti-streaming, an impression the director argued against in 2019. Jake Coyle,, 21 June 2021 Cruel irony that the film, about childhood friends who reconnect just as the latter is testing an experimental super-powers serum, is exactly the kind of movie which would have been at least a modest hit in theaters in a pre-streaming era. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Blame anti-streaming bias, which is part of why Green Book won in 2019. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Did Netflix overpay for two films that in a pre-streaming world would have been seen as reliable bets to release in theaters when a studio didn’t have blockbusters to offer? New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 InCrowd also has multi-streaming capabilities and can live stream to millions on multiple platforms at once. Mike Snider, USA Today, 10 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of streaming


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1980, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2022

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“Streaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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stream·​ing | \ ˈstrē-miŋ How to pronounce streaming (audio) \

Medical Definition of streaming

: an act or instance of flowing specifically : cyclosis


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