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
- 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
linethat is tangentto the velocityof flowof a fluid; equivalent to the pathof a specific particlein that flow.
- noun meteorology On a
weather chart, a linethat is tangentto the flowof the wind.
- verb transitive To
designand constructthe contoursof a vehicleetc. so as to offer the least resistanceto its flow through a fluid.
- verb transitive, by extension To
simplifyor organizea processin order to increase its efficiency.
- verb transitive To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb contour economically or efficiently
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