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 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 But there is a difference between streamlining government and just not governing, which is what seems to be happening in swathes of America’s single-largest organisation. The Economist, "The federal bureaucracies were already creaking," 7 Sep. 2019 According to the plan, the commission will make recommendations on a host of issues including how best to streamline disaster relief applications and creating a permanent source of disaster relief funding. Priscilla Thompson, NBC News, "Pete Buttigieg to unveil disaster relief plan in South Carolina," 17 Sep. 2019 The conference, called Leadership Experience, will focus on the company’s shift toward streamlining and automating some menial tasks to give managers more time to interact with customers and train store employees. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Long-awaited Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Chicago’s Mag Mile finally has an opening date," 5 Sep. 2019 Officials said conducting immigration checks in Hong Kong -- the start or end point for all journeys at the station -- streamlined the process and avoided an additional check and delay at the Chinese border. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's arrest of a Hong Kong man puts spotlight on a controversial shared rail station," 22 Aug. 2019 The council also directed staff to move ahead with drafting plans to further streamline the often-contentious design review process and return with more concrete changes in coming weeks. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach to recover all of its costs related to processing a slew of major developments," 7 Aug. 2019 Disney feature films, from the start, have been like classic roadsters: hard, shiny, streamlined, and fuelled by compulsory fun. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Does “The Lion King” Need C.G.I.?," 19 July 2019 Members form a selection committee and choose one company to assess homes and buildings to determine where the solar panels should go and then install the panels, which Carter said streamlines the process and reduces costs. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Here comes the sun: Colorado communities organizing to tap solar resources," 6 July 2019 Our robot isn't as streamlined and carries a lot of water with it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Build Underwater Jumping Robot," 23 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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20 Sep 2019

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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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