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

The company partners with existing hotels, rebrands them as Oyo franchises and streamlines booking, pricing and technology services. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Indian hotel chain Oyo launches in U.S with $300 million investment, Dallas home base," 1 July 2019 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

Whatever your summer plans entail, there’s always room for a time-saving, suitcase-streamlining style hack. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Why a One-Piece Swimsuit and Full Skirt (Or Short!) Is the Perfect Summer Pair," 3 July 2019 Medical dispensaries are renovating their spaces, ramping up technology and streamlining processes to serve more customers. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Want to know what it’s like inside an Illinois marijuana dispensary? Take a look.," 24 June 2019 At a time when Mayor London Breed has made streamlining city housing approvals a priority, the legislation would have the opposite effect, planning officials said. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Builders take wrecking ball to Supervisor Peskin’s housing demolition bill," 20 June 2019 In 2010 an upstart called Sketch came along to streamline the tools used to create all of the visual elements for web pages, apps, and devices. Khe Hy, Quartz at Work, "Five “creator” apps that have captured Silicon Valley’s attention," 19 June 2019 At the same time, Teach For America and the charter school movement share a similar goal: promoting innovation by streamlining bureaucracy. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019 DC Comics boasts a deep and rich canon of characters, but many of their weirder heroes have been sidelined in recent years thanks to streamlining continuity reboots like The New 52 and DC Rebirth. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium comic will resurrect DC's futuristic super-team," 13 June 2019 Experimental quantum physics labs around the world are putting ever-larger microscopic objects into quantum superpositions and streamlining protocols for testing whether two quantum systems are entangled. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity," 6 Mar. 2018 The production uses the original 1960 English translation by Derek Prouse, but Galati’s version is a considerably streamlined, stripped-down version of the script, cutting characters and conversations. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 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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