What does stream mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stream.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stream, watercoursenoun

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

  2. stream, flow, currentnoun

    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, streamnoun

    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

  4. stream, flownoun

    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, streamverb

    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. streamverb

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

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

  7. streamverb

    exude profusely

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

  8. pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulateverb

    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 bucketsverb

    rain heavily

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

  10. stream, well outverb

    flow freely and abundantly

    "Tears streamed down her face"


  1. streamnoun

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

  2. streamnoun

    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. streamnoun

    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. streamnoun

    An umbrella term for all moving waters.

  5. streamnoun

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

  6. streamnoun

    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. streamverb

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

  8. streamverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STREAMnoun

    Etymology: stream , Sax. straum, Islandick; stroom, Dut.

    As plays the sun upon the glassy stream,
    Twinkling another counterfeited beam. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    He brought streams out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. Ps. lxxviii. 16.

    Had their cables of iron chains had any great length, they had been unportable; and, being short, the ships must have sunk at an anchor in any stream of weather. Walter Raleigh.

    Thus from one common source our streams divide;
    Ours is the Trojan, yours th’ Arcadian side. Dryden.

    Divided interests, while thou think’st to sway,
    Draw like two brooks thy middle stream away. Dryden.

    The breath of the Lord is like a stream of brimstone. Is.

    You, Drances, never want a stream of words. Dryden.

    The stream of beneficence hath, by several rivulets which have since fallen into it, wonderfully enlarged its current. Francis Atterbury.

    The very stream of his life, and the business he hath helmed, must give him a better proclamation. William Shakespeare.

    It is looked upon as insolence for a man to adhere to his own opinion, against the current stream of antiquity. John Locke.

  2. To Streamverb

    To mark with colours or embroidery in long tracks.

    The herald’s mantle is streamed with gold. Francis Bacon.

  3. To Streamverb

    Etymology: streyma, Islandick.

    On all sides round
    Streams the black blood, and smokes upon the ground. Alexander Pope.

    Then grateful Greece with streaming eyes would raise
    Historick marbles to record his praise. Alexander Pope.

    Now to impartial love, that god most high,
    Do my sighs stream. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.


  1. Stream

    A stream is a continuous body of surface water flowing within the bed and banks of a channel. Depending on its location or certain characteristics, a stream may be referred to by a variety of local or regional names. Long large streams are usually called rivers, while smaller, less voluminous and more intermittent streams are known as streamlets, brooks or creeks. The flow of a stream is controlled by three inputs – surface runoff (from precipitation or meltwater), daylighted subterranean water, and surfaced groundwater (spring water). The surface and subterranean water are highly variable between periods of rainfall. Groundwater, on the other hand, has a relatively constant input and is controlled more by long-term patterns of precipitation. The stream encompasses surface, subsurface and groundwater fluxes that respond to geological, geomorphological, hydrological and biotic controls.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.


  1. stream

    A stream is a small, narrow body of flowing water. It is generally smaller than a river and flows on the surface of the land, usually towards a river, lake, or ocean. In a broader context, stream could also refer to a continuous flow or supply of something such as data, information, content, or even people.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Streamnoun

    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. Streamnoun

    a beam or ray of light

  3. Streamnoun

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

  4. Streamnoun

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

  5. Streamnoun

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

  6. Streamverb

    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. Streamverb

    to pour out, or emit, a stream or streams

  8. Streamverb

    to issue in a stream of light; to radiate

  9. Streamverb

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

  10. Streamverb

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

  11. Streamverb

    to mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts

  12. Streamverb

    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

    A body of water of known size.

    The local stream is loved by the young children who love to paddle and know they are safe and secure.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  2. stream

    A collective form of human consciousness or animal consciousness or the consciousness of a living organism.

    Streams of human consciousness are expressed throughout the world daily and we see patterns emerge that need to be addressed for the evolution of humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2020  

  3. stream

    To communicate, transmit or transfer data, communication or information from a computer to a specific computer, app, laptop, internet, router, telecommunications system, server, network or other type of technological device.

    He loves to stream music to his smartphone when out travelling.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stream is ranked #32524 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stream surname appeared 707 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stream.

    91.6% or 648 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 19 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

  2. armets

  3. Master

  4. master

  5. mastre

  6. maters

  7. matres

  8. METARs

  9. remast

  10. tamers

  11. tremas

  12. martes

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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. Cynthia Sass:

    In the GI tract, fiber fills you up, but it doesn't get digested and absorbed into the blood stream where it either has to be burned or stored.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    They are looking for markets, which we can understand, and they can land it here easily, but it is much more expensive than pipeline gas, so blocking Nord Stream 2 on its own won't guarantee exports.

  3. George Linley:

    Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream, And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.

  4. Paralympian Amy Purdy:

    I am going on day 4 in the hospital after developing a very serious condition called Rhabdomyolysis. You should google it and read about it, its crazy. It basically can occur when you overwork a muscle group and the muscle begins to breakdown into your blood stream. It can severely damage kidneys pretty quickly and as most of you know I have a kidney transplant which was a big concern.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    It's been a steady stream of progress towards getting to where we want them to be, we just didn't get far enough.

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