streamline

noun
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

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 city of Boise is working to streamline the process to obtain a license and reduce costs for child care providers. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019 Their idea was to streamline those two things in a single bottle by adding hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe gel, and chamomile extracts. Glamour, "I Put Glow Recipe's New Pineapple-C Serum to the Test," 31 Mar. 2019 With the business of renting dresses and one-night-only hair styles now par for the course, the manicure is the latest beauty treatment to be streamlined in the digital age: Enter the press-on nail phenomenon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 5-Minute Manicure That Counts Fans From Jennifer Lopez to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 29 Mar. 2019 Hohyun Song, an AmorePacific researcher, encourages me to streamline my skin-care routine. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Planes that participated in the exercise were fitted with data-recording gear so analysts could view mission data at a later date and figure out how to streamline these joint operations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch All Five of the U.S. Military’s Fighter Jets Fly in Formation," 20 Dec. 2018 Of course the move makes sense on a larger scale, and is part of the PGA’s overall move to streamline its schedule toward a championship crescendo, one that will resonate by the end of August rather than into September. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "New PGA Tour format is good for golf, but at Boston’s expense," 10 July 2018 Other laws actually passed to streamline that multiyear process Tipping Point is trying to disrupt. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 Its mission is to run clinical trials, but also to streamline the mad dash to secure the right phage before a patient dies. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 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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More Definitions for streamline

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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