from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance to fluid flow.
  • transitive verb To design with flowing, graceful lines.
  • transitive verb To improve the efficiency of, often by simplification.
  • noun A line that is parallel to the direction of flow of a fluid at a given instant.
  • noun The path of one particle in a flowing fluid.
  • noun A contour of a body constructed so as to offer minimum resistance to a fluid flow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See line, and line of flow (under flow).

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.
  • adjective 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 verb 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 verb to change so as to make more efficient; -- used especially of organizations, procedures, or methods.

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

  • noun physics A line that is tangent to the velocity of flow of a fluid; equivalent to the path of a specific particle in that flow.
  • noun meteorology On a weather chart, a line that is tangent to the flow of the wind.
  • verb transitive To design and construct the contours of a vehicle etc. so as to offer the least resistance to its flow through a fluid.
  • verb transitive, by extension To simplify or organize a process in order to increase its efficiency.
  • verb transitive To modernise.

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

  • verb contour economically or efficiently


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