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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lucifer will return for a fifth and final season on Netflix, the streaming service announced this week. Matt Mcnulty,, "Lucifer Renewed for Fifth and Final Netflix Season," 7 June 2019 Also, the songs must exist on an official streaming service (meaning sites like YouTube or SoundCloud won’t cut it). Todd Stewart,, "NASA’s return to the moon preparations include building ultimate music playlist — and your help is needed," 7 June 2019 Unlike traditional games, the streaming service requires a constant internet connection to play. Washington Post, "Google’s challenge to game consoles to kick off in November," 7 June 2019 No word yet on when the series will hit the streaming service. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Netflix Is Making a Magic: The Gathering Animated Series," 6 June 2019 This morning Google detailed its Stadia streaming service, or at least gave us more details after a relatively info-light reveal at March’s Game Developers Conference. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Google's play-anywhere Stadia game service gets a Founder's Edition bundle, pricing, and more," 6 June 2019 Google’s game plan Google will start its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November — but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend., "Google to start Stadia in November; Stitch Fix stock soars," 6 June 2019 Below, find a rundown of all the new titles scheduled to arrive on the popular streaming service through June 2019, organized according to release date. Mike Scott,, "New on Netflix in June: A new twist on Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef,’ more ‘Black Mirror’," 6 June 2019 From a hip hopera starring Beyoncé to a head-scratching episode of Black Mirror, starring Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the streaming service has got the juice. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "6 Must-Binge Titles Coming To Netflix In June," 4 June 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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