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

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

That made executives at the next level salivate over the possibility of Kelly streamlining their own operations. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Trump has frequently talked with his advisers about how to manage the nation's forests, and signed an executive order last year aimed at increasing logging by streamlining federal environmental reviews of these projects. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest," 27 Aug. 2019 Its findings fit in line with some of her ideas to embrace technology and streamline departmental procedures. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police Chief U. Renée Hall back from medical leave, aiming to cure what ails her department," 26 Aug. 2019 However, the latest interpretations—or even old faithful styles from brands like Dansko or Hasbeens—make for an eye-catching juxtaposition to fall’s flowing midi skirts or an otherwise streamlined cropped trouser ensemble. Glamour, "Ready or Not: You’re Going to See a Lot of Clogs This Fall," 22 Aug. 2019 Bernadette's disappearance is resolved much more quickly Much of the book’s final third is streamlined to better accommodate the movie’s 100-minute running time. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Where'd You Go, Bernadette': The biggest differences between the book and the movie," 15 Aug. 2019 After Apple streamlined the types of ports on its hardware, having adapters remains a necessary evil. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "Apple updates multiport adapter with support for 4K HDR video," 9 Aug. 2019 In an effort to streamline operations, the majors and the largest independent distributors moved their services to a company called Direct Shot. Independent Retailers, Billboard, "An Open Letter to the Majors From Independent Record Stores (Guest Op-Ed)," 16 July 2019 An effort to streamline government and make government portals more customer friendly is ongoing. Denise Coffey,, "Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz Addresses NECCOG," 8 July 2019

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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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