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



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

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Much was made of the fact that Amazon beat Netflix to that field two years ago with Manchester By The Sea, so this is a major moment for the streaming service. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Roma Before it Sweeps the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 Fox Now supports a range of on-demand content, as well as live streaming both Fox Sports and FS1. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Sling TV, ESPN, and Fox Now arrive on Oculus Go headsets," 18 Dec. 2018 The spectacular growth and monetization of streaming (however imperfect) is the big music industry story of the past decade. John Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor, "How streaming is saving the music business," 3 July 2018 Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Apple kills Valve's Steam Link iOS app, but you can still stream PC games to Android," 25 May 2018 The company reported a net loss of 403,000 DirecTV satellite subscribers as well a decline in its online streaming service DirecTV Now, which shed 267,000 customers including free trial accounts. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Sheds Pay-TV Customers, But Wireless Profits Surge," 30 Jan. 2019 Two years ago, much was made of the fact that Amazon had beaten Netflix to the Oscar punch, becoming the first streaming service to earn a Best Picture nomination with Manchester By The Sea. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 Netflix has made an aggressive push to get ahead of rivals such as Walt Disney and AT&T ’s WarnerMedia, both of which are planning to launch new streaming services. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Netflix’s New Hit Is International," 17 Jan. 2019 All of season one will be available via the streaming service. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How to Watch 'The Masked Singer' and More Big Questions About the Show Answered," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s a trend, at least in part of the streaming world, away from ads. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon," 13 Sep. 2018 In fact, Sams reports that every Scarlett game will run on every Scarlett device, so streaming gamers won't be left out. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s streaming Xbox will split up games to keep latency low," 23 July 2018 What's more, Sonos supports more streaming platforms than HomePod, and not only works with Alexa out of the box but also promises to make nice soon with the Google Assistant, and, yes, Siri. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Apple's pricey HomePod sounds great but exacts some trade-offs," 6 Feb. 2018 While many of the directors on the list have worked with mega streaming services like Netflix and Hulu in the past, others, like Nolan, have spoken out against how streaming giants like Netflix are ruining cinema. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Major directors, actors petition Warner Bros. to save FilmStruck," 15 Nov. 2018 Even if streaming boxes end up much cheaper than current consoles and PCs for the same experience, there may not be that many additional potential players who don't currently have high-end gaming hardware. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says," 18 Sep. 2018 Nickelodeon's foray into the streaming universe comes at a time when companies have been slowly but surely pulling their catalogues from various services in an effort to launch their own platforms. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nickelodeon Has Started Its Very Own Streaming Service," 29 Aug. 2018 Then one day, boom, the streaming subscription service thing happens. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 In total, Facebook will get streaming rights to nine games, available on the Big3 on Fox page, as well as game recaps and highlight segments for all 37 games of the season, including the championship game. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Ice Cube's Big3 Basketball League Will Start Live Streaming on Facebook Following Fox Sports Deal," 12 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1980, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of streaming

computers : playing continuously as data is sent to a computer over the Internet


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Medical Definition of streaming

: an act or instance of flowing specifically : cyclosis

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