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 At Coffman Engineers, ideas on how to better serve clients and streamline projects are always welcome. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Top-ranked small company: Coffman Engineers, where having a good time is all in a day’s work," 15 Nov. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Attrition, instead, started with MLB’s desire to streamline player development. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As MLB's minor league revamp wraps up, embattled franchises await fate: 'We are waiting and hoping'," 13 Nov. 2020 An explicit call to streamline the education of imams, which existed in the previous draft, also seen by Bloomberg, has been removed as well. Ania Nussbaum,, "EU Seeks to Reassure Muslims as It Takes on Islamist Extremism," 10 Nov. 2020 The new commission was created in an attempt to streamline the planning process a bit. Steve Lord,, "Aurora may change makeup of Planning and Zoning Commission," 4 Sep. 2020 One allowance granted by the ABC was to streamline the approval process for turning distillery tasting rooms into restaurants. Corie Brown, Los Angeles Times, "California craft distillers’ spirits lifted for now with relaxed regulations," 4 Nov. 2020 The Pentagon recently moved to streamline the process of selling arms to allies and like-minded partners. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "What a Trump win would mean for the Pentagon," 4 Nov. 2020 Connecticut Water Company and Operation Fuel announced a partnership that will streamline access to financial assistance programs to help Connecticut Water customers facing financial challenges with their water bills., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 30 Oct. 2020 The decision advances a plan to streamline a cumbersome structure that has complicated major takeovers and disposals. Thomas Buckley,, "Unilever Headquarters Combination Cleared by U.K. Shareholders," 12 Oct. 2020 In early August the board also unanimously adopted a proposal to streamline the application process and waive permit fees, so houses of worship and gyms that can’t operate indoors under public health restrictions can reserve space in county parks. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County expands small business loan program to include businesses in cities," 29 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Streamline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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