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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for streamline

Synonyms: Verb


Antonyms: Verb

complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate

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Examples of streamline in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pre-approval streamlines a big and often confusing step for homeowners — getting a city permits. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "A streamlined future for the pre-fab granny flat," 12 Sep. 2019 Drahi is known in the telecom business for cost-cutting that shrinks payrolls and streamlines operations. Fortune, "Can Sotheby’s Find Sales Success by Going Private?," 6 Sep. 2019 This is only the starting point for an oversight body that could eventually facilitate a freer flow of beneficial innovation, much like how the rules of the road streamline traffic. Wired Opinion, WIRED, "AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials," 15 Aug. 2019 And there are plenty of folks out there creating streamline animations of the winds around the globe. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Recent California earthquakes and other disasters have spawned a time-lapse treasure trove," 26 July 2019 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,, "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,, "Coach Agrees to Buy Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion," 8 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Customs authorities say the system is designed to streamline operations and avoid the huge lines of trucks that local officials in France have warned could appear in case of a no-deal Brexit. Washington Post, "The Latest: EU official: No new Brexit proposals from UK," 13 Sep. 2019 Company head Daniel Haver tells Billboard layoffs were needed to streamline the company's operations. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Native Instruments Cuts 20% of Staff in Restructuring," 5 Sep. 2019 The company is adept at making brilliant investments, streamlining operations and boosting profits. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 The company is adept at making brilliant investments, streamlining operations and boosting profits. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 Restaurants selected for the three-week program will work on everything from photographing food to streamlining delivery operations. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Uber is launching a restaurant “accelerator” to fill the gaps it sees on Uber Eats," 19 July 2019 This may be a good time to streamline your networking operations or to prioritize your social activities. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 21, 2019: Leo, summer sunshine sheds light on a mystery; Pisces, think long-term and permanent," 21 June 2019 Large railroads such as Norfolk Southern Corp. and Union Pacific Corp. are moving quickly to streamline their operations, switching to fewer, longer trains that run on tighter schedules. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Railroads Want to Move Faster. Shippers Are Paying a Price.," 29 May 2019 Starbucks is trying to streamline its operations and narrow its priorities. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks laying off 350 people, mostly at Seattle headquarters," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of streamline was in 1868

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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