Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flow of water in a channel or bed, as a brook, rivulet, or small river.
  • n. A steady current in such a flow of water.
  • n. A steady current of a fluid.
  • n. A steady flow or succession: a stream of insults. See Synonyms at flow.
  • n. A trend, course, or drift, as of opinion, thought, or history.
  • n. A beam or ray of light.
  • n. Chiefly British A course of study to which students are tracked.
  • intransitive v. To flow in or as if in a stream.
  • intransitive v. To pour forth or give off a stream; flow: My eyes were streaming with tears.
  • intransitive v. To come or go in large numbers; pour: Traffic was streaming by. Fan mail streamed in.
  • intransitive v. To extend, wave, or float outward: The banner streamed in the breeze.
  • intransitive v. To leave a continuous trail of light.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a continuous stream of light rays or beams; shine.
  • transitive v. To emit, discharge, or exude (a body fluid, for example).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To transmit (data) in real time, especially over the Internet.
  • idiom on stream In or into operation or production: a new power plant soon to go on stream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks
  • n. A thin connected passing of a liquid through a lighter gas (e.g. air)
  • n. Any steady flow or succession of material, such as water, air, radio signal or words
  • n. An umbrella term for all moving waters.
  • n. A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.
  • n. A division of a school year by perceived ability.
  • v. To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.
  • v. To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or fountain; specifically, any course of running water
  • n. A beam or ray of light.
  • n. Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of parts.
  • n. A continued current or course.
  • n. Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving causes.
  • intransitive v. To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids.
  • intransitive v. To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams.
  • intransitive v. To issue in a stream of light; to radiate.
  • intransitive v. To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind.
  • transitive v. To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour.
  • transitive v. To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.
  • transitive v. To unfurl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move or run in a continuous current; flow continuously. See streaming, n., 2.
  • To move or proceed continuously and uniformly, or in unbroken succession.
  • To pour out a stream; also, to throw off a stream from the surface: as, streaming eyes; a streaming umbrella.
  • To move swiftly and continuously, as a ray of light; streak.
  • To stretch out in a line; hang or float at full length: as, streaming hair.
  • To discharge in a stream; cause to flow; pour out.
  • To cause to float out; wave.
  • To stripe or ray. See streaming, a.
  • In mining, to wash, as the superficial detritus, especially that accumulated in the beds of rivers, for the purpose of separating any valuable ore which it may contain. See placer.
  • In dyeing, to wash in running water, as silk, before putting in the dye.
  • n. A course of running water; a river, rivulet, or brook.
  • n. A steady current in a river or in the sea; especially, the middle or most rapid part of a current or tide: as, to row against the stream; the Gulf Stream.
  • n. A flow; a flowing; that which flows in or out, as a liquid or a fluid, air or light.
  • n. Anything issuing from a source and moving or flowing continuously: as, a stream of words; a stream of sand; a stream of people.
  • n. A continued course or current; the course or current of affairs or events; current; drift.
  • n. A rift: so called by English anglers.
  • n. Synonyms and
  • n. Stream, Current, Eddy. All rivers and brooks are streams, and have currents. An eddy is a counter-current, a current contrary to the main direction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
  • n. something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously
  • n. a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
  • v. rain heavily
  • v. flow freely and abundantly
  • v. exude profusely
  • n. the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  • v. to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
  • v. move in large numbers
  • n. dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

Etymologies

Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English streem, strem, from Old English strēam ("a stream, current, flowing water; flood"), from Proto-Germanic *straumaz (“stream”), from Proto-Indo-European *srowmos (“river”), from Proto-Indo-European *srew- (“to flow”). Cognate with Scots strem, streme, streym ("stream, river"), North Frisian strum ("stream"), West Frisian stream ("stream"), Dutch stroom ("current, flow, stream"), German Strom ("current, stream"), Danish strøm ("current, stream, flow"), Swedish ström ("current, stream, flow"), Icelandic straumur ("current, stream, torrent, flood"), Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheuma, "stream, flow"), Lithuanian srovė ("current, stream"). (Wiktionary)

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