WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stream /strim/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- a body of water flowing in a channel, as a brook.
- any flow or current of liquid, fluid, or gas:a stream of gas escaping.
- a series of things:a stream of words.
- to flow or pass in a stream[no object]The river streamed past the house.
- to give out (a fluid): [no object]Her eyes streamed with tears.[~ + object]The wound streamed blood.
- to extend in rays[no object]Sunlight streamed in through the window
- to proceed without stopping[no object]All day long the traffic streamed past her house.
- to hang in a flowing manner[no object]Her golden hair was streaming behind her.
- a body of water flowing in a channel or watercourse, as a river, rivulet, or brook.
- a steady current in water, as in a river or the ocean:to row against the stream; the Gulf Stream.
- any flow of water or other liquid or fluid:streams of blood.
- a current or flow of air, gas, or the like.
- a beam or trail of light:A stream of moonlight fell from the clouds.
- a continuous flow or succession of anything:a stream of words.
- prevailing direction; drift:the stream of opinion.
- on stream, in or into operation:The factory will be on stream in a month.
- to flow, pass, or issue in a stream, as water, tears, or blood.
- to send forth or throw off a stream; run or flow (often fol. by with):eyes streaming with tears.
- to extend in a beam or in rays, as light:Sunlight streamed in through the windows.
- to move or proceed continuously like a flowing stream, as a procession.
- to wave or float outward, as a flag in the wind.
- to hang in a loose, flowing manner, as long hair.
- to send forth or discharge in a stream:The wound streamed blood.
- to cause to stream or float outward, as a flag.
- Naval Terms[Naut.]to place (an object) in the water at the end of a line attached to a vessel.
Etymology:bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English streem, Old English strēam;
1 . rill, run, streamlet, runnel. Stream, current refer to a steady flow. In this use they are interchangeable. In the sense of running water, however, a stream is a flow that may be as small as a brook or as large as a river:A number of streams have their sources in mountains.Current refers to the most rapidly moving part of the stream:This river has a swift current. 2 . flow, tide. 6 . torrent, rush. 9 . pour.
cognate with German Strom, Old Norse straumr;
akin to Greek rheîn to flow (see rheum);
(verb, verbal) Middle English streamen, derivative of the noun, nominal
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
stream /striːm/ n
- a small river; brook
- any steady flow of water or other fluid
- something that resembles a stream in moving continuously in a line or particular direction
- a rapid or unbroken flow of speech, etc: a stream of abuse
- Brit any of several parallel classes of schoolchildren, or divisions of children within a class, grouped together because of similar ability
- go with the stream, drift with the stream ⇒ to conform to the accepted standards
- off stream ⇒ (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) shut down or not in production
- on stream ⇒ (of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) in or about to go into operation or production
- available or in existence
Etymology: Old English; related to Old Frisian strām, Old Norse straumr, Old High German stroum, Greek rheumaˈstreamlet n
- to emit or be emitted in a continuous flow: his nose streamed blood
- (intransitive) to move in unbroken succession, as a crowd of people, vehicles, etc
- (intransitive) to float freely or with a waving motion: bunting streamed in the wind
- (transitive) to unfurl (a flag, etc)
- Brit to group or divide (children) in streams
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