streamline

noun
stream·​line | \ˈstrēm-ˌlīn \

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

streamline

verb
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

simplify

Antonyms: Verb

complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate

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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

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, kansascity.com, "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, Bloomberg.com, "Coach Agrees to Buy Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion," 8 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The administration describes Trump's new rules, issued in May, as an effort to streamline a bloated bureaucracy and improve accountability within the federal workforce of 2.1 million. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 The administration describes Trump’s new rules, issued in May, as an effort to streamline a bloated bureaucracy and improve accountability within the federal workforce of 2.1 million. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 The ordinance was introduced by Farrell in April as part of a broader effort to streamline the development of more housing in the midst of a punishing shortage. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF supervisors elect Malia Cohen their president as Breed moves to mayor," 26 June 2018 The move is part of GE chief executive John Flannery's effort to streamline the company. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "GE gets yet another big order for railroad locomotives at its Fort Worth plant," 21 June 2018 Tesla is to reduce its global workforce by 9%, or around 3,500 employees, part of an effort to streamline management and generate sustainable profits. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 June 2018 The company has also undertaken efforts to streamline guidelines for all of its stores surrounding how to engage with nonpaying patrons. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Starbucks says everyone’s a customer after Philadelphia bias incident," 19 May 2018 Instead, various groups of communications or press aides have met separately in smaller numbers this week, part of a larger effort to streamline what has been a chaotic press shop in recent weeks. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House cancels daily communications meeting after McCain joke leaks," 17 May 2018 This act aligns with ongoing CMS efforts to streamline the Medicare enrollment system and better align the needs of Medicare and Medicaid by making this system more conducive for state use. Nick Manetto, STAT, "Medicaid’s unnecessary barriers delay care for children with complex needs," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of streamline

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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streamline

verb

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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