from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, issuing, as rays of light: as, rays streaming from the dexter chief.
  • noun In tin-mining, the washing of tin ore from the detritus with which it is associated.
  • noun In biology, the peculiar flowing motion of the particles of protoplasm in an amœba or other rhizopod, by which the form of the animalcule changes or pseudopods are protruded; also, the similar circulation or rotation of the protoplasm of some plant-cells. See protoplasm, and rotation of protoplasm (under rotation).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Sending forth streams.
  • noun The act or operation of that which streams; the act of that which sends forth, or which runs in, streams.
  • noun (Mining) The reduction of stream tin; also, the search for stream tin.
  • noun (Biol.) the rapid flow of cytoplasm within a cell; -- called also protoplasmic streaming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of stream.
  • adjective that streams
  • noun computing The transmission of digital audio or video, or the reception or playback of such data without first storing it.
  • noun UK, education Division of classes into academic streams.

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

  • adjective exuding a bodily fluid in profuse amounts
  • noun the circulation of cytoplasm within a cell
  • adjective (computer science) using or relating to a form of continuous tape transport; used mainly to provide backup storage of unedited data


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  • There is the sense of streaming data and now the very metaphor of the web is changing from a web of data to a stream of data. Streams of data were first associated with realtime sensors and sensor nets, but now has expanded to encompass realtime and constantly changing updates to topics such as on twitter.

    June 9, 2009