American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To flow in or as if in a stream.
- v. To pour forth or give off a stream; flow: My eyes were streaming with tears.
- v. To come or go in large numbers; pour: Traffic was streaming by. Fan mail streamed in.
- v. To extend, wave, or float outward: The banner streamed in the breeze.
- v. To leave a continuous trail of light.
- v. To give forth a continuous stream of light rays or beams; shine.
- v. To emit, discharge, or exude (a body fluid, for example).
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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. The term stream, long in use in Cornwall, exclusively with reference to tin ores, seems hardly to have come into general use in any mining regions except those in which the ore of tin is mined.
- In dyeing, to wash in running water, as silk, before putting in the dye.
- 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. sciences An umbrella term for all moving waters.
- n. computing A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.
- n. UK, education A division of a school year by perceived ability.
- v. intransitive To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.
- v. Internet To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids.
- v. To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams.
- v. To issue in a stream of light; to radiate.
- v. To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind.
- v. To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour.
- v. To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.
- v. To unfurl.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; see sreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That half-way law applies if the stream is a property boundary”
“We observe, e.g., that a cognition which has the form of a jar (i.e. the idea of a jar) gives rise to the cognition of the two halves of a jar, and is itself preceded and produced by the cognition of a jar, and this again by a similar cognition, and so on; this is what we call a stream or flow of ideas.”
“Fumo talked to the judge for an hour Thursday in what he called a "stream of consciousness" essay.”
“And learn from the “main stream” Muslims and the apostates who know it from the inside.”
“ChrisHo: Typical government school, go after those who are least likely to have their case reported on by the main stream press.”
“Then he said it was as clear as a mountain stream that the ECB could not make an exception for Greece alone, when it came to accepting Greek debt as collateral even if it was downgraded to junk by credit rating agencies.”
“Typical government school, go after those who are least likely to have their case reported on by the main stream press.”
“The data stream is split over the used channels in the radio base station to get higher speeds.”
“Secondly, each stream is individual, so streaming is massively inefficient.”
“Where we are headed next is to the broad realization that this rapid and expansive burst of information technology innovation into the main stream branded as “cloud computing” is the path forward to the next-generation of IT deployment, development, and management both inside and outside the data center with linkage to the public cloud computing vendors resources to use them as needed and pay as you go.”
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