stream·​lined | \ ˈstrēm-ˌlīnd How to pronounce streamlined (audio) \

Definition of streamlined

1a : contoured to reduce resistance to motion through a fluid (such as air)
b : stripped of nonessentials : compact
c : effectively integrated : organized
2 : having flowing lines
3 : brought up to date : modernized

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Flores will report to Grier under the team’s new, more streamlined leadership structure. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "‘Whirlwind’: Flores goes from Super Bowl champs to Dolphins," 4 Feb. 2019 The Boho team starts with one-ton commercial passenger vans and outfits them with a streamlined and downright Instagrammable look. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Boho-chic, fully converted camper van is $35K," 10 Sep. 2018 The deal, though, continues to keep the door open for a more streamlined approach—should the two sides decide to change the structure under U.K. law. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Comcast Raises Sky Offer After Fox Sweetened Its Bid," 12 July 2018 With the advent of gas stoves, refrigerators, and more streamlined appliances—plus the decline in household staff—in the 20th century, the kitchen became the domain of the woman of the house. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian West's House Has Two Kitchens, and Apparently, It's a Trend," 11 Apr. 2019 The committee is certain a more streamlined parade will be enthusiastically embraced by everyone who attends. Pioneer Press,, "Shortened Skokie Independence Day parade to honor hometown blues icon Clearwater," 25 June 2018 The Givenchy salon, reflecting the house’s aesthetic, is more streamlined but no less exquisite. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 Sleek, streamlined fixtures served as a lively counterpoint to all of the heavy wood in the house. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford Has The Most Ingenious Tricks for Modernizing a Dated Home," 27 Mar. 2019 There are plenty of Le Corbusier-era machined and streamlined works alongside her wood and bamboo pieces, inspired by her time spent in Japan. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Exhibition showcases 80 years of Charlotte Perriand’s brilliant furniture," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of streamlined

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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stream·​lined | \ ˈstrēm-ˌlīnd How to pronounce streamlined (audio) \

Kids Definition of streamlined

1 : designed or constructed to make motion through water or air easier or as if for this purpose It was … a streamlined car of graceful design.— E. B. White, Stuart Little
2 : made shorter, simpler, or more efficient They developed a streamlined manufacturing process.

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