WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stream /strim/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a body of water flowing in a channel, as a brook.
  2. any flow or current of liquid, fluid, or gas:a stream of gas escaping.
  3. a series of things:a stream of words.

  1. to flow or pass in a stream:[no object]The river streamed past the house.
  2. to give out (a fluid): [no object]Her eyes streamed with tears.[+ object]The wound streamed blood.
  3. to extend in rays:[no object]Sunlight streamed in through the window
  4. to proceed without stopping:[no object]All day long the traffic streamed past her house.
  5. to hang in a flowing manner:[no object]Her golden hair was streaming behind her.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stream  (strēm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a body of water flowing in a channel or watercourse, as a river, rivulet, or brook.
  2. a steady current in water, as in a river or the ocean:to row against the stream; the Gulf Stream.
  3. any flow of water or other liquid or fluid:streams of blood.
  4. a current or flow of air, gas, or the like.
  5. a beam or trail of light:A stream of moonlight fell from the clouds.
  6. a continuous flow or succession of anything:a stream of words.
  7. prevailing direction;
    drift:the stream of opinion.
  8. on stream, in or into operation:The factory will be on stream in a month.

  1. to flow, pass, or issue in a stream, as water, tears, or blood.
  2. to send forth or throw off a stream;
    run or flow (often fol. by with):eyes streaming with tears.
  3. to extend in a beam or in rays, as light:Sunlight streamed in through the windows.
  4. to move or proceed continuously like a flowing stream, as a procession.
  5. to wave or float outward, as a flag in the wind.
  6. to hang in a loose, flowing manner, as long hair.

  1. to send forth or discharge in a stream:The wound streamed blood.
  2. to cause to stream or float outward, as a flag.
  3. Naval Terms[Naut.]to place (an object) in the water at the end of a line attached to a vessel.
streamless, adj. 
streamlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English streem, Old English strēam; 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
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flow, tide.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged torrent, rush.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pour.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

stream /striːm/ n
  1. a small river; brook
  2. any steady flow of water or other fluid
  3. something that resembles a stream in moving continuously in a line or particular direction
  4. a rapid or unbroken flow of speech, etc: a stream of abuse
  5. Brit any of several parallel classes of schoolchildren, or divisions of children within a class, grouped together because of similar ability
  6. go with the stream, drift with the streamto conform to the accepted standards
  7. off stream(of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) shut down or not in production
  8. on stream(of an industrial plant, manufacturing process, etc) in or about to go into operation or production
  9. available or in existence
  1. to emit or be emitted in a continuous flow: his nose streamed blood
  2. (intransitive) to move in unbroken succession, as a crowd of people, vehicles, etc
  3. (intransitive) to float freely or with a waving motion: bunting streamed in the wind
  4. (transitive) to unfurl (a flag, etc)
  5. Brit to group or divide (children) in streams
Etymology: Old English; related to Old Frisian strām, Old Norse straumr, Old High German stroum, Greek rheuma

ˈstreamlet n

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