What does Stream mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stream, watercourse(noun)

    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

  2. stream, flow, current(noun)

    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

    "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"

  3. flow, stream(noun)

    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

  4. stream, flow(noun)

    something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously

    "a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"

  5. current, stream(verb)

    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

    "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"

  6. stream(verb)

    to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

    "their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind"

  7. stream(verb)

    exude profusely

    "She was streaming with sweat"; "His nose streamed blood"

  8. pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulate(verb)

    move in large numbers

    "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"

  9. pour, pelt, stream, rain cats and dogs, rain buckets(verb)

    rain heavily

    "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"

  10. stream, well out(verb)

    flow freely and abundantly

    "Tears streamed down her face"


  1. stream(Noun)

    A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks

  2. stream(Noun)

    A thin connected passing of a liquid through a lighter gas (e.g. air)

    He poured the milk in a thin stream from the jug to the glass.

  3. stream(Noun)

    Any steady flow or succession of material, such as water, air, radio signal or words

    Her constant nagging was to him a stream of abuse.

  4. stream(Noun)

    An umbrella term for all moving waters.

  5. stream(Noun)

    A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.

  6. stream(Noun)

    A division of a school year by perceived ability.

    All of the bright kids went into the A stream, but I was in the B stream.

  7. stream(Verb)

    To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.

  8. stream(Verb)

    To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.

  9. Origin: straumaz, whence also Old High German stroum, Old Norse straumr (Norwegian straum, Icelandic straumur). Extra-Germanic cognates include Albanian rrymë.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stream(noun)

    a current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or fountain; specifically, any course of running water; as, many streams are blended in the Mississippi; gas and steam came from the earth in streams; a stream of molten lead from a furnace; a stream of lava from a volcano

  2. Stream(noun)

    a beam or ray of light

  3. Stream(noun)

    anything issuing or moving with continued succession of parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand

  4. Stream(noun)

    a continued current or course; as, a stream of weather

  5. Stream(noun)

    current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners

  6. Stream(verb)

    to issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids; as, tears streamed from her eyes

  7. Stream(verb)

    to pour out, or emit, a stream or streams

  8. Stream(verb)

    to issue in a stream of light; to radiate

  9. Stream(verb)

    to extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind; as, a flag streams in the wind

  10. Stream(verb)

    to send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears

  11. Stream(verb)

    to mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts

  12. Stream(verb)

    to unfurl


  1. Stream

    A stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and stream banks. Depending on its locale or certain characteristics, a stream may be referred to as a branch, brook, beck, burn, creek, "crick", gill, kill, lick, mill race, rill, river, syke, bayou, rivulet, streamage, wash, run or runnel. Streams are important as conduits in the water cycle, instruments in groundwater recharge, and corridors for fish and wildlife migration. The biological habitat in the immediate vicinity of a stream is called a riparian zone. Given the status of the ongoing Holocene extinction, streams play an important corridor role in connecting fragmented habitats and thus in conserving biodiversity. The study of streams and waterways in general is known as surface hydrology and is a core element of environmental geography.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stream

    strēm, n. a current of water, air, or light, &c.: anything flowing out from a source: anything forcible, flowing, and continuous: drift, tendency.—v.i. to flow in a stream: to pour out abundantly: to be overflown with: to issue in rays: to stretch in a long line.—v.t. to discharge in a stream: to wave.—ns. Stream′er, an ensign or flag streaming or flowing in the wind: a luminous beam shooting upward from the horizon; Stream′-gold, placer-gold, the gold of alluvial districts; Stream′-ice, pieces of drift ice swept down in a current; Stream′iness, streamy quality; Stream′ing, the working of alluvial deposits for the ores contained.—adj. Stream′less, not watered by streams.—ns. Stream′let, Stream′ling, a little stream; Stream′-tin, disintegrated tin-ore found in alluvial ground.—adj. Stream′y, abounding in streams: flowing in a stream. [A.S. streám; Ger. straum, Ice. straumr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stream

    Anglo-Saxon for flowing water, meaning especially the middle or most rapid part of a tide or current.

Editors Contribution

  1. Stream

    To transmit or transfer a flow of data from a source to a computer, server or other technological device.

    He loved to stream music to his smartphone whilst out and about.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stream' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3763

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stream' in Nouns Frequency: #1288

Anagrams for Stream »

  1. armest, armets, Master, master, mastre, maters, matres, METARs, remast, tamers, tremas

How to pronounce Stream?

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How to say Stream in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stream in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stream in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Stream in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    It was stream of consciousness.

  2. Swedish Proverb:

    Only dead fish follow the stream.

  3. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    We view Nord Stream as an economic project.

  4. John V. Politis:

    We come and go just like ripples in a stream.

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    Character develops itself in the stream of life.

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