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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The Palladinos also previously developed a Gilmore Girls revival for Netflix before jumping over to the streaming service's competitor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Creators to Develop Ninth Street Women Into a TV Show," 25 Apr. 2019 May is a packed month on Netflix, with the streaming service also welcoming Roswell: New Mexico on May 1st and Pose on May 10th. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Arrivals May 2019," 24 Apr. 2019 The streaming service is set to launch on November 12, 2019 at just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Disney Just Announced Its New Streaming Platform, and It's Just $7 a Month," 12 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, the show won't be available on any other streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch The Twilight Zone Reboot," 23 Mar. 2019 And the two biggest Hollywood studios, Walt Disney Co. and AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros., are preparing their own streaming services, set to launch by the end of this year. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Oscar in the Age of Entertainment Overload," 23 Feb. 2019 Now, the streaming service is adding a new docuseries that will delight true-crime fans. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Unsolved Mysteries' Is Getting a Netflix Reboot So Prepare to Have Nightmares Forever," 24 Jan. 2019 And this week the streaming service shared the first trailer for the film, which is her feature-film directorial debut. Glamour, "Netflix Had the Perfect Response to Someone Who Questioned Brie Larson’s Directing Skills," 28 Mar. 2019 As the streaming service so helpfully pointed out on Twitter, Grey's Anatomy has been filled with celebrity cameos. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato, Millie Bobby Brown, and Dylan Minnette All Starred in "Grey's Anatomy" Episodes," 26 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Hollywood’s #MeToo moment and its streaming moment continue to unfold in tandem. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Apple Joins the Streaming Mélange," 2 Apr. 2019 Soundcloud recently changed their streaming format from 128kbps MP3 to 64kbps Opus. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "SoundCloud Refutes Decreasing Audio Quality, Cites Standard Testing," 4 Jan. 2018 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

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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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