Definition of Stream

1. Noun. A natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth.

Exact synonyms: Watercourse
Generic synonyms: Body Of Water, Water
Specialized synonyms: Branch, Brook, Creek, Headstream, River, Rill, Rivulet, Run, Runnel, Streamlet, Tidal River, Tidal Stream, Tidewater River, Tidewater Stream
Terms within: Crossing, Ford, Meander, Midstream
Derivative terms: Streamlet

2. Verb. To extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind. "Their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind"
Generic synonyms: Be Adrift, Blow, Drift, Float

3. Noun. Dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas. "The current of history"
Exact synonyms: Current, Flow
Generic synonyms: Course, Line

4. Verb. Exude profusely. "His nose streamed blood"
Generic synonyms: Exudate, Exude, Ooze, Ooze Out, Transude

5. Noun. The act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression.
Exact synonyms: Flow
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Release, Spill, Spillage, Flood, Outpouring, Overflow
Derivative terms: Flow, Flow, Flow, Flow

6. Verb. Move in large numbers. "The crowds stream in the streets"; "Beggars pullulated in the plaza"
Exact synonyms: Pour, Pullulate, Swarm, Teem
Generic synonyms: Crowd, Crowd Together
Specialized synonyms: Pour Out, Spill Out, Spill Over
Derivative terms: Swarm

7. Noun. Something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously. "The museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
Exact synonyms: Flow
Generic synonyms: Motion
Derivative terms: Flow

8. Verb. Rain heavily. "It was streaming all day long "; "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"
Exact synonyms: Pelt, Pour, Rain Buckets, Rain Cats And Dogs
Generic synonyms: Rain, Rain Down
Specialized synonyms: Sheet, Sluice, Sluice Down
Derivative terms: Pelter

9. Noun. A steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes). "The hose ejected a stream of water"

10. Verb. Flow freely and abundantly. "Tears streamed down her face"
Exact synonyms: Well Out
Generic synonyms: Course, Feed, Flow, Run
Specialized synonyms: Spin

Definition of Stream

1. n. 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. v. i. 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.

3. v. t. To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears.

Definition of Stream

1. Noun. A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks ¹

2. Noun. A thin connected passing of a liquid through a lighter gas (e.g. air) ¹

3. Noun. Any steady flow or succession of material, such as water, air, radio signal or words ¹

4. Noun. (science) An umbrella term for all moving waters. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially. ¹

6. Noun. (UK education) A division of a school year by perceived ability. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid. ¹

8. Verb. (Internet) To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client. ¹

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Definition of Stream

1. to flow in a steady current [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stream

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streaklight tubeshoulders
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streaky bacon
stream (current term)
stream cipher
stream of consciousness
stream orchid
streamer fly

Literary usage of Stream

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In the use of rivers for navigation, the boats going down stream have a right to the centre of the stream or the centre of the current, and those going up ..."

2. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"I AHE conditions determining the circulation rate, that is, the -*- volume of the arterial blood stream, present a problem of extraordinary significance. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"One owner of the land cannot change the bed of the stream to the injury of other owners; but if the line be changed slowly by accretion at one side, ..."

4. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Their groans arose Unceasing, and the stream ran red with blood. Ev'n as a shoal of fish before a shark Huddle in fear, and crowd some harbourage In to its ..."

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