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

Roughly two-thirds of companies said streamlining their operating model was a factor behind their most recent divestments, and 81% cited it as a driver for divestment plans over the next 12 months, according to the survey. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Divestments Often Dent Share Prices of Sellers," 27 Feb. 2019 Consider streamlining your room by getting rid of extra furniture, too. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Boulon Blanc's Convertible Table Practically Transforms Itself," 18 Jan. 2019 But these founders hope streamlining the process of getting them will help women move from being reactive to proactive about fertility. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Do You Need a Fertility Test—Even If You’re Not Trying to Get Pregnant?," 13 Dec. 2018 That’s a particularly long amount of time to spend with any superhero, aquatic or otherwise, and perhaps a little too long, considering how much this movie could have been slimmed down and streamlined. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 The 40-year-old French leader, elected last year on a platform to reform the French economy, has pledged to make changes to unemployment benefits and streamline the pension system by next summer. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "Macron seeks new start in French govt reshuffle in TV speech," 16 Oct. 2018 All the shopping hacks for Prime Day Prime Day can be overwhelming at first glance, but there are steps people can take to streamline their shopping sprees. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 Centenera and Goot hope to streamline the luxury fashion system by delivering all-black and white wardrobes in bundles. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "You Can Wear These Luxury Bike Shorts Pretty Much Anywhere," 10 July 2018 If buildings once had been awkwardly repurposed to integrate automation, now they can be designed to streamline machine interfaces from the start. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018

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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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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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