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 Marketing has become a major battlefront in the streaming wars. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Tom Brady in Super Bowl 2020 Ad for Hulu: ‘I Am Not Going Anywhere’," 2 Feb. 2020 Fox Nation is an entertaining streaming service featuring your favorite Fox News personalities, with original shows and documentaries that celebrate America. Fox News, "What sets Trump's Mideast peace plan apart from previous proposals? Experts weigh in," 31 Jan. 2020 No word on whether Cummins and her critics are scheduled to speak at the forum, which will stream on AppleTV+ in March per Winfrey's latest deal with the streaming service. Ineye Komonibo,, "Oprah Tactfully Responds To American Dirt Controversy," 28 Jan. 2020 Otherwise, Hulu subscribers can watch AGT on the streaming service. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "All the Surprising Details About 'America's Got Talent' Season 15 in 2020," 21 Jan. 2020 Just like Disney stripped all its content off Netflix and launched Disney+, NBC will be doing the same and launching its own exclusive streaming service. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Here's Why NBC's Streaming Platform 'Peacock' Is Already Better Than Netflix, Hulu, or Disney +," 21 Jan. 2020 Unsurprisingly, the Netflix soirée brought out some of the streaming service’s favorites like the kids from who were getting along well with ’s adorable lead. Vogue, "Netflix Threw An After-Party for the SAG Awards, Here’s A Look Inside," 20 Jan. 2020 As Disney+, Apple TV+ and other subscription video-on-demand services begin to do battle with Netflix for the global SVOD market, the fight for online advertising is opening up a new front in the streaming wars. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Peacock Signals New "Gold Rush" For Ad-Supported Streaming," 17 Jan. 2020 Peacock is debuting in the middle of the streaming wars which has media companies like Disney and WarnerMedia, CNN's parent company, competing with the likes of Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN). Frank Pallotta, CNN, "NBC is debuting Peacock, its new streaming service. Can it stand out among its rivals?," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This will work on most streaming platforms, including Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Roku, Xbox One, Fire TV, Android TV, and Google Chromecast. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "How to watch Super Bowl 54 live and for free, wherever you are," 2 Feb. 2020 Yet the streaming drama isn’t all about its titular (possible) messiah. Ariana Romero,, "This Is The Answer To Every Question You Have About Messiah‘s Eva," 1 Jan. 2020 The ability to connect to any Wi-Fi network is a standard feature in most streaming boxes, obviously. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast’s “free” streaming box requires you to rent $13-per-month router," 23 Oct. 2019 SiriusXM subscribers will be able to access Marvel podcasts on the SiriusXM app, smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more streaming devices. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Marvel to launch podcasts featuring Black Widow, Star-Lord, Wolverine and more," 22 Oct. 2019 Additionally, media companies are bringing even more streaming services to market, including HBO Max and Peacock, which will be vying for viewers' leisure time. al, "Box office is down in 2019 despite ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’ That’s not what’s worrying theaters most," 22 Dec. 2019 Next year, Google will release another streaming subscription option called Stadia Pro, which will cost $9.99 a month and include a rotating free game as well as a free-to-play version of Stadia with a lower resolution. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Google Stadia is here, but there are still huge issues," 19 Nov. 2019 To wit, the ongoing streaming war—featuring competition from first-mover Netflix and Apple TV+, among others—is certainly creating a crowded field. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Disney+ Will Change the Way You Watch—and the Way You Should Value Disney’s Stock," 19 Nov. 2019 The Carol Burnett award was set up by the HFPA to recognize the new Golden Age of television in the United States, where more than 500 scripted shows a year are broadcast on traditional and streaming platforms. NBC News, "Ellen DeGeneres to get Golden Globe lifetime award for TV work," 5 Nov. 2019

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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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“Streaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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