from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance to fluid flow.
- transitive v. To improve the appearance or efficiency of; modernize.
- transitive v. To organize.
- transitive v. To simplify.
- n. A line that is parallel to the direction of flow of a fluid at a given instant.
- n. The path of one particle in a flowing fluid.
- n. A contour of a body constructed so as to offer minimum resistance to a fluid flow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line that is tangent to the velocity of flow of a fluid; equivalent to the path of a specific particle in that flow.
- n. On a weather chart, a line that is tangent to the flow of the wind.
- v. To design and construct the contours of a vehicle etc. so as to offer the least resistance to its flow through a fluid.
- v. To simplify or organize a process in order to increase its efficiency.
- v. To modernise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The path of a constituent particle of a flowing fluid undisturbed by eddies or the like.
- adj. Of or pert. to a stream line; designating a motion or flow that is free from turbulence, like that of a particle in a streamline; hence, designating a surface, body, etc., that is designed so as to afford an unbroken flow of a fluid about it, esp. when the resistance to flow is the least possible; ; -- the current usuage prefers the term streamlined.
- transitive v. to design or modify so as to present the least possible resistance to fluid flow; -- used mostly of vehicles, such as automobiles, airplanes, or ships.
- transitive v. to change so as to make more efficient; -- used especially of organizations, procedures, or methods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See line, and line of flow (under flow).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. contour economically or efficiently
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Bob McDonnell is set to "streamline" Virginia government.
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