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

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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 Township officials said residents would see the same services, but the consolidation of the two governmental entities would increase accountability and transparency and streamline services. Michelle Mullins,, "Homer Township voters to decide if township board or Homer Glen controls road district," 7 Oct. 2020 Lindsey made an immediate impact around the city with just a simple sign-on and sign-off and a streamline of non-stop love ballads that told a story. Ericka Blount Danois, Essence, "Play Another Slow Jam: An Oral History of The Quiet Storm," 26 June 2020 The three-year plan culls persistently unprofitable businesses—moving capital into high-growth, profitable markets—cuts head count by 35,000 and streamlines central and support costs. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "HSBC’s Headless Restructuring Plan," 18 Feb. 2020 Additionally, the government index saw its first increase in nine months, driven by streamline refinance programs. Washington Post, "Mortgage rates settle after an up-and-down week," 5 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Norberg said the record-setting year was made possible by efforts to streamline the way the agency hands out rewards. Matt Egan, CNN, "A notoriously secretive government agency just paid a record $114 million to a whistleblower," 23 Oct. 2020 On a conference call with analysts this week, Scharf said his team has drafted a series of steps to take in coming years to streamline management, improve operations and simplify product offerings. Hannah Levitt,, "Buffett Inches Toward Wells Fargo Exit as Scharf Sets Course," 16 Oct. 2020 To realize the full benefit of multi-channel, agencies should streamline backend logistics into a single workflow so that no matter how a request comes in (phone, online, mail), the response process is identical and intuitive. Bob Ainsbury, Fortune, "How digitalization could help American states and cities bounce back from the COVID recession," 7 Oct. 2020 But the team’s local following and its ability to access ticket-holders via email could streamline the process. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Indians name change will be costly but necessary, marketing experts say," 17 Sep. 2020 Prosecutors have argued in earlier motions that the evidence in each case is similar, and that one trial would streamline logistics for witnesses, for Floyd's family, for the court and for the community. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Attorneys for former officers in George Floyd murder case want separate trials," 8 Sep. 2020 Other economic stimulus bills would streamline permits for housing projects or speed up projects to build electric-vehicle charging stations. Dustin Gardiner,, "California legislators wanted to fund $600 in extra jobless benefits. What happened?," 29 Aug. 2020 Earlier this month, the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled all non-conference games in football to allow for greater scheduling flexibility and to potentially streamline testing and contact tracing protocols. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "ACC delays start of college football, but announces Notre Dame will play as full conference member," 29 July 2020 According to Berman, Rekor envisions its software being used to streamline transactions such as paying for gas. William Turton,, "License Plate Scanners Aren’t Just for Cops Anymore," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Streamline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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