streamline

noun
stream·​line | \ ˈstrēm-ˌlīn How to pronounce streamline (audio) \

Definition of streamline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the path of a particle in a fluid relative to a solid body past which the fluid is moving in smooth flow without turbulence
2a : a contour designed to minimize resistance to motion through a fluid (such as air)
b : a smooth or flowing line designed as if for decreasing air resistance

streamline

verb
streamlined; streamlining; streamlines

Definition of streamline (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to design or construct with a streamline
2 : to bring up to date : modernize
3a : to put in order : organize
b : to make simpler or more efficient a system that streamlines the process

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Synonyms & Antonyms for streamline

Synonyms: Verb

simplify

Antonyms: Verb

complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate

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Examples of streamline in a Sentence

Verb

The manufacturer has streamlined the car's design. The business is looking for ways to streamline production.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By 1959, Notre Dame’s F.N.M. Brown produced gorgeous wind-tunnel images of smoke streamlines showing the way a ball with backspin deflected its wake. Jenn Stroud Rossmann, The Atlantic, "The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball," 15 Sep. 2017 The program streamlines and speeds up the security screening process. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity.com, "TSA Precheck enrollment for quicker screening is in early June at KCI," 22 May 2017 The idea is to improve scale and inventory management, as well as streamline Kate Spade’s supply chain. Stephanie Hoi-nga Wong, Bloomberg.com, "Coach Agrees to Buy Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion," 8 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Baker's genealogical research was perhaps more streamlined than most because the Washingtons were meticulous record keepers, and those records were deposited in the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Mormon church in Westlake sponsoring African-American genealogy symposium March 10: (photos)," 1 Mar. 2018 The rules are an outgrowth of the VA Mission Act, which last year directed the agency to come up with new standards for private care and to streamline existing programs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Veterans Are Freer to Choose," 5 Feb. 2019 Using the data gleaned from each passenger interaction, United is applying AI and machine learning to streamline its customers' experience based on their data—and tuning offers to match their profiles. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 Some services, like iMessage and WhatsApp, either have cloud backups enabled by default or nudge users toward it to streamline the user experience. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic," 14 June 2018 The city of Boise is working to streamline the process to obtain a license and reduce costs for child care providers. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019 Their idea was to streamline those two things in a single bottle by adding hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe gel, and chamomile extracts. Glamour, "I Put Glow Recipe's New Pineapple-C Serum to the Test," 31 Mar. 2019 With the business of renting dresses and one-night-only hair styles now par for the course, the manicure is the latest beauty treatment to be streamlined in the digital age: Enter the press-on nail phenomenon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 5-Minute Manicure That Counts Fans From Jennifer Lopez to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 29 Mar. 2019 Hohyun Song, an AmorePacific researcher, encourages me to streamline my skin-care routine. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of streamline

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of streamline was in 1868

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More Definitions for streamline

streamline

verb

English Language Learners Definition of streamline

: to design or make (something, such as a boat or car) with a smooth shape which makes motion through water or air easier
: to make (something) simpler, more effective, or more productive

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