\ 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: such as
a : to watch a video on a streaming service … passed the time watching the same shows as he would have streamed at home.— Greg Egan
b : to broadcast a video for others to watch on a stream I went live, but there was no one in my room. Just me. Streaming myself live. Shirtless. To no one.— Will Dennis

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 The virtual tours, which cost about $100, are conducted in a Facebook Live format and stream in real time. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 The National Weather Service has issued a variety of warnings and advisories for small stream and creek flooding from southwest Washington to Cottage Grove in the southern Willamette Valley. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Run the water During really cold weather, consider running a small, steady stream of water from a cold water faucet in an area of the home where pipes are exposed or have frozen in the past. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that there will be no live stream available for the event after NBC, which retains rights to the broadcast, blocked the organization from mounting its own digital telecast. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 Tickets for a virtual stream of the festival will also be available to access on the day of each show for $5. Shauna Stuart |, al, 6 Jan. 2022 Think walking atop a low retaining wall, or crossing a stream by hopping from rock to rock. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 This creates a cleaner stream of waste that in turn enhances its recyclability, Price said. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 The Broad Stage announced the launch of ‘Cue and A,’ a live stream with Robert Kraft and Emmy award-winning composer and pianist Kris Bowers. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Euphoria is available to stream exclusively online on HBO Max, which requires a monthly subscription. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 The winners will be announced on Jan. 28, and the winners will stream online during the festival’s final weekend, Jan. 29 and 30. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 Patients and ambulances continue to stream into the ER at St. Bernard, which like many hospitals in the area is short on staff and bursting with patients. Lisa Schencker,, 7 Jan. 2022 Here’s a list of 20-plus recent shows and movies to stream during the season’s first snow day. Globe Staff,, 6 Jan. 2022 As of right now, there’s no information on whether or not Bel-Air will be available to stream through the free option, though. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2022 As of Wednesday, the HFPA has not announced a plan to stream the show for viewers. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 Another way to stream The Golden Girls online for free? Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022 The superhero movie will be available to stream to all Disney+ subscribers. Greta Bjornson,, 4 Jan. 2022

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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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“Stream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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


\ ˈstrēm How to pronounce stream (audio) \

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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