What does stream mean?

Definitions for stream

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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  

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  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

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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. G. K. Chesterton:

    A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often say"Forgive and Forget." That's the correct sequence IMHO. If you want to forget someone or some unpleasant event, you must first forgive. Forgiveness is the precursor to Forgetting. If you don't forgive, you'll never forget, and that someone or that unpleasant event will stay with you, carved inside your heart and deep in your mind. Like a magma chamber of a volcano, you will then embody the hot burning lava of hate and volcanic ashes of bad memories. So to move on with life, you ought to learn to forgive, first and foremost, even the worst people round you. The stream of life would then flow smoothly and seamlessly - onwards and upwards.

  3. Tayyip Erdogan:

    If Europe does not want to carry out (South Stream), then it will not be carried out.

  4. The IEA:

    We expect China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, to keep up its crude purchases despite the recent stock market collapse, currency devaluation and steady stream of negative macroeconomic news. Beijing could also buy extra crude to fill up its strategic reserves.

  5. Peter Inness:

    A strong jet stream like this can act like a production line for storms, generating a new storm every day or two, there have been many occasions in the recent past when two or more damaging storms have passed across the U.K. and other parts of Europe in the space of a few days.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. usurious
    • B. motile
    • C. lank
    • D. bonzer

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