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streamline

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noun stream·line \ ˈstrēm-ˌlīn \

Definition of streamline

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
2 a :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

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First Known Use of streamline

1868

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streamline

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Definition of streamline

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

Examples of streamline in a Sentence

  1. The manufacturer has streamlined the car's design.

  2. The business is looking for ways to streamline production.

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First Known Use of streamline

1913

streamline Synonyms

Synonyms
simplify
Antonyms
complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate
Related Words
dumb down, oversimplify; prune, strip (down), trim; purify, refine
Near Antonyms
elaborate

STREAMLINE Defined for English Language Learners

streamline

verb

Definition of streamline for English Language Learners

  • : 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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