\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a body of running water (such as a river or creek) flowing on the earth also : any body of flowing fluid (such as water or gas)
2a : a steady succession (as of words or events) kept up an endless stream of chatter
b : a constantly renewed or steady supply a stream of revenue
c : a continuous moving procession a stream of traffic
d : digital data (such as audio or video material) that is continuously delivered one packet at a time and is usually intended for immediate processing or playback Having proved their popularity with American couch potatoes, digital video recorders (DVRs) are about to get a boost in features that will allow them to zap several video streams throughout networked homes.— Ed Frauenheim
3 : an unbroken flow (as of gas or particles of matter)
4 : a ray of light
5a : a prevailing attitude or group has always run against the stream of current fashion
b : a dominant influence or line of development the influence of two streams of inheritance: genetic and cultural— P. B. Baltes
6 British : track sense 5c


streamed; streaming; streams

Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to flow in or as if in a stream
b : to leave a bright trail a meteor streamed through the sky
2a : to exude a bodily fluid profusely her eyes were streaming
b : to become wet with a discharge of bodily fluid streaming with perspiration
3 : to trail out at full length her hair streaming back as she ran
4 : to pour in large numbers complaints came streaming in

transitive verb

1 : to emit freely or in a stream his eyes streamed tears
2 : to display (something, such as a flag) by waving
3 : to transfer (digital data, such as audio or video material) in a continuous stream especially for immediate processing or playback

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Synonyms for stream

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stream in a Sentence

Noun A stream flows through the field. Verb Tears streamed down his cheeks. I could feel the cold air streaming in through the crack in the window. Sunlight was streaming in through the window. rays of light streaming through the clouds His face streamed with sweat. People streamed into the hall. Immigrants streamed into the country. Hundreds of letters streamed in from listeners.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump’s version is less about providing genuine value than a brazen cash grab, designed to generate income through a steady stream of spinoffs, Easter eggs and callbacks — at least until the next protagonist pops up in a new origin story (Don Jr.? Washington Post, "Trump’s bizarre post-election behavior isn’t a tantrum or a coup. It’s fan service.," 13 Nov. 2020 Then a steady stream of famous people and political figures came forward to say their accounts had been invaded in the same way. Darren Loucaides, Wired, "The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country," 13 Nov. 2020 Round 2 starts at 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. ET) and fubo will live stream from noon to 4:30 p.m. (1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET). Mark Heim |, al, "Masters 2020 live stream (11/13): How to watch rounds 1-2 Friday online, TV, time," 12 Nov. 2020 Returning senators' guests and family members will be seated in a different room to watch a live stream of the ceremony. Christine Sexton,, "Florida Legislature unveils rules for Nov. 17 swearing-in session amid COVID-19 pandemic," 5 Nov. 2020 So, feel free to watch the live stream above or read on for a full recap of the highlights. Popular Science, "All the new gadgets and announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 release event," 30 Sep. 2020 Beyond voting, fans can watch a live stream of the Brooks Falls Brown Bears fishing and generally being their best chubby selves. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Fat Bear Week Is Here — and You Can Vote On Your Favorite Chunky Fluff," 29 Sep. 2020 The games industry has mastered this moment in capitalism by insinuating that gamers’ status as community members is at least partly contingent on a regular stream of consumption. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "It's OK to Play One Game Forever," 24 Oct. 2020 How to live stream online: Networks including ABC, CBS, C-SPAN, Fox News and more, will provide live streams of their coverage on YouTube. oregonlive, "Final Donald Trump-Joe Biden presidential debate of 2020 tonight: Time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online (10/22/2020)," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company says that over 250 different studios now support the service, with over 1,500 instant access games available to stream and more added every Thursday. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's superb GeForce Now game streaming is coming to iPhones, iPads, and Chrome," 19 Nov. 2020 Help your loved one stream their favorite Hulu shows with ease this holiday season and gift them the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is about the size of a thumb drive. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Walmart gift ideas and gift guide 2020: Best Walmart holiday gifts," 10 Nov. 2020 Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan are back in character Friday for a virtual table read of scenes from the long-running sitcom that will stream via YouTube and help raise funds and awareness in the battle against myeloma. Adam Tschorn,, "The cast of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ reunites for charity," 20 Oct. 2020 Take all the features of Alexa on the road with this clever in-car device that can stream music through your speakers and keep you up to date on your appointments and traffic conditions. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Amazon Prime Day Canada: Your guide to the best deals," 13 Oct. 2020 History subscribers can also stream the entire series on, and all seasons are available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Everything to Know About Alone, the Survival Show Recommended by Stars During the Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020 That can be at a shoreline at a lake, as campers did at Mammoth Pool, or jumping in a lake, stream or even soaking a sleeping bag with the water from a creek, then lying down in the water and covering yourself with your wet sleeping bag. Tom Stienstra,, "Trapped in a wilderness fire? Here’s how to survive," 10 Sep. 2020 VidAngel will drop its appeal of the lawsuit, and will agree not to decrypt, copy, stream or distribute any Disney or Warner Bros. content without the studios’ permission. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah company VidAngel dodges liquidation, settles with movie studios whose copyrights it violated," 4 Sep. 2020 Although the virus has upended most other businesses, big technology companies have weathered the crisis as people relied on apps and software to work, stream movies and communicate with friends and family. Michael Wursthorn And Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Stocks Fall in Another Volatile Session," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stream


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for stream


Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; akin to Old High German stroum stream, Greek rhein to flow

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The first known use of stream was before the 12th century

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce stream (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a natural flow of water that is smaller than a river
: any flow of liquid or gas
: a continuous flow of people or things



English Language Learners Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move in a steady flow
: to produce a liquid continuously and often in large amounts
: to be or become wet with a liquid


\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

Kids Definition of stream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a body of water (as a brook or river) flowing on the earth
2 : a flow of liquid or gas a stream of tears
3 : a steady series (as of words or events) following one another There was an endless stream of traffic.


streamed; streaming

Kids Definition of stream (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to flow in or as if in a stream Rain was streaming down the windows.
2 : to give out a bodily fluid in large amounts His face streamed sweat.
3 : to become wet with flowing liquid The windows are streaming with rain.
4 : to trail out at full length Her hair streamed in the wind.
5 : to pour, enter, or arrive in large numbers The people streamed into the hall. Complaints were streaming in.
6 : to transfer (data, as music or videos) in a continuous stream especially to be played immediately


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Medical Definition of stream

: an unbroken current or flow (as of water, a bodily fluid, or a gas) — see bloodstream, midstream

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