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 school ignited a larger revolutionary social and political movement, making the case for streamlining ornate, frivolous design and ramping up mass production. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 The long-sleeve white gown is a reflection of Philo's ten-year tenure at Céline: Formal and polished, but streamlined and unfussy. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Melania Trump's 2018 Congressional Ball Gown Came Straight From the Runway," 17 Dec. 2018 My early tests with the Asus NovaGo showed that Microsoft’s streamlined OS yielded about 90 additional minutes of battery life in a form factor that already pushed north of 12 hours. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so," 3 Dec. 2018 Everything has an intensely streamlined feel that keeps the drama rolling and the tension high. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Arkham Horror Third Edition: The classic Lovecraft adventure returns," 24 Nov. 2018 Furniture is often placed in groupings to ground a room, but negative space is key to keep the overall effect streamlined, and make the furniture the focal point. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is "Transitional Design" And How Can You Spot It?," 15 Nov. 2018 Though third-party plug-ins and special effects have already been available for the software, today’s news opens up Final Cut Pro X for third-party app developers to further streamline the editing workflow. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X," 15 Nov. 2018 His story has been sweetened and streamlined by Lowery, who has made what is essentially a routine heist movie. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Old Man & the Gun’: Robert Redford rides off on a sweet, fitting note," 9 Oct. 2018 Bolstering its online presence and streamlining the in-store experience makes sense for the retailer, whose name has become synonymous with jokes about couple breakups and mental breakdowns. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea is experimenting with small-format stores in cities," 25 July 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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