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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for streamline

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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: Verb As Citigroup hobbled along on life support in the form of a massive government bailout, Fraser — who joined the bank in 2004 —ran its strategy division, overseeing sales of risky assets to streamline the bank's sprawling operations. Allison Morrow, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 The funds will not line the pockets of the truck drivers, fix the chassis coordination issues, or streamline port operations. Lora Cecere, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The move to reduce the size of the county board will streamline government operations and save $200,000 a year in salary and benefits without affecting services to residents, Cowan said. Michelle Mullins,, 3 Nov. 2021 The Indian government has warmed up to the use of blockchain technology to streamline operations and services. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 18 Oct. 2021 The idea behind the system is to streamline front- and back-of-house operations through a single device. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 July 2021 Almost all restaurant owners, 91 percent, are looking to automation technology to help streamline their kitchen operations in 2021, according to a recent survey by the payment company Square. Jonathan O'connell, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2021 The platforms that will find the most success will be those that further streamline our day-to-day living. Solo Ceesay, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2021 In the short term, Inter may try once more to streamline their squad, to shed some of the deadwood that was up for sale last summer. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of streamline


1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Streamline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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