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.
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.