from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed or arranged to offer the least resistance to fluid flow.
  • adj. Reduced to essentials; lacking anything extra.
  • adj. Effectively organized or simplified: a streamlined method of production.
  • adj. Having flowing, graceful lines; sleek: a streamlined convertible.
  • adj. Improved in appearance or efficiency; modernized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Designed to offer little resistance to the flow of fluid, especially by having sleek, graceful lines.
  • adj. Having been made more simple and straight forward.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of streamline.

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

  • adj. made efficient by stripping off nonessentials
  • adj. designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow


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