stream·ing | \ˈstrē-miŋ \

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 addition will mean Microsoft’s consoles join the Apple TV 4K and Google’s Chromecast Ultra as the only streaming devices that currently support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Xbox One is getting Dolby Vision support," 12 July 2018 After all, the streaming giant had been closing the gap at an unprecedented clip in recent years. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: HBO's Most Nominated Streak Ends Amid AT&T's Volume Push," 12 July 2018 During the past year, the streaming giant has released seven original movies that have the glossy sheen of a 2003 romantic comedy, minus the offensive tropes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix Is Making the Rom-Com Cool Again," 10 July 2018 How to watch the World Cup 2018 via a streaming device. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Here's How to Watch the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 2018 Someone entered an unlocked car parked in the 700 block of North Ridgeland Avenue and stole a Verizon Wireless hotspot modem, a Roku streaming device, a pair of sunglasses and cash valued at $755 between 11 p.m. June 3 and 7:45 a.m. June 4. Steve Schering,, "Police reports: Driver speeds away while car is being booted in Oak Park," 8 June 2018 The streaming giant has announced that Aniston will star as President of the United States Beverly Nicholson in their new political comedy film, First Ladies, which will also star Tig Notaro as Aniston's wife and First Lady of the United States. Tamara Fuentes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston to Play the First LGBT Female President in New Netflix Film," 18 May 2018 Producers met with a number of possible networks before finding a home with the streaming giant, which is most notably home to Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale. Dana Schwartz,, "Little Fires Everywhere gets straight-to-series order at Hulu," 12 Mar. 2018 The early spring premiere season is heavy on shows and movies from the streaming giant, including a four-part spinoff of indulgent cooking series Chef’s Table that concentrates just on pastries, and the new Adam Sandler movie, The Week Of. Whitney Friedlander, Esquire, "Spring 2018 TV Preview: Your Complete Guide to the Season's Premieres," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In third place was YouTube Red, another streaming subscription service which is re-launching Tuesday as YouTube Premium. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Consumers love streaming services, still don't love pay TV and ISPs," 22 May 2018 Also beyond debate, sadly: how terrible most streaming music sounds, especially to generations weaned on the quality of CDs and the warm sound of vinyl. Jeff Slate, WSJ, "Streaming Music Sounds Terrible. These Apps Can Help," 10 May 2018 Amazon Prime's streaming lineup additions for March range from the super-serious to the kinda silly. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's coming to Amazon Prime in March: More 'Sneaky Pete,' 'Dangerous Book for Boys'," 16 Feb. 2018 According to the International Federation of Phonographic Industry, streaming revenues have surged by more than 60 percent and more than 100 million users have paid streaming subscriptions globally. Sarah Brookbank,, "Going the way of the cassette? Best Buy will stop selling CDs, says report," 6 Feb. 2018 But because of how streaming services have changed viewing behavior since 2014, programs with a bigger audience than four years ago are rare. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "What went right, wrong for NBC at the Olympics," 24 Feb. 2018 What Young and his team have built in to share with archive visitors is the streaming rate at which songs are played back, numbers that are markedly higher than the standard streaming speed of 320 kilobits per second. Randy Lewis,, "Neil Young fights for quality streaming with career-spanning online archive," 14 Feb. 2018 Amazon has an advertising platform no other company can match: a web store selling hundreds of millions of products combined with a streaming entertainment service and a trove of data about customer preferences. Fortune, "This Is Amazon's Master Plan to Become Profitable," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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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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