stream
I. noun Etymology: Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; akin to Old High German stroum stream, Greek rhein to flow Date: before 12th century 1. a body of running water (as a river or brook) flowing on the earth; also any body of flowing fluid (as water or gas) 2. a. a steady succession (as of words or events) <
kept up an endless stream of chatter
>
b. a constantly renewed or steady supply <
a stream of revenve
>
c. a continuous moving procession <
a stream of traffic
>
3. an unbroken flow (as of gas or particles of matter) 4. a ray of light 5. a. a prevailing attitude or group <
has always run against the stream of current fashion
>
b. a dominant influence or line of development <
the influence of two streams of inheritance: genetic and cultural — P. B. Baltes
>
6. British track 3c II. verb Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to flow in or as if in a stream b. to leave a bright trail <
a meteor streamed through the sky
>
2. a. to exude a bodily fluid profusely <
her eyes were streaming
>
b. to become wet with a discharge of bodily fluid <
streaming with perspiration
>
3. to trail out at full length <
her hair streaming back as she ran
>
4. to pour in large numbers <
complaints came streaming in
>
transitive verb 1. to emit freely or in a stream <
his eyes streamed tears
>
2. to display (as a flag) by waving

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  • Stream — (str[=e]m), n. [AS. stre[ a]m; akin to OFries. str[=a]m, OS. str[=o]m, D. stroom, G. strom, OHG. stroum, str[=u]m, Dan. & Sw. str[ o]m, Icel. straumr, Ir. sroth, Lith. srove, Russ. struia, Gr. ry sis a flowing, rei^n to flow, Skr. sru. [root]174 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stream — [striːm] noun [countable] 1. a long and almost continuous series of things: stream of • Despite the steady stream of layoffs, federal statisticians are predicting growth in select industries. • The refinery will come on stream (= start producing… …   Financial and business terms

  • stream — [strēm] n. [ME strem < OE stream, akin to Ger strom < IE base * sreu , to flow > Gr rheein, to flow] 1. a current or flow of water or other liquid, esp. one running along the surface of the earth; specif., a small river 2. a steady… …   English World dictionary

  • Stream — Stream, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Streamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Streaming}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Beneath those… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stream — Stream, v. t. To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to pour; as, his eyes streamed tears. [1913 Webster] It may so please that she at length will stream Some dew of grace into my withered heart. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stream — ► NOUN 1) a small, narrow river. 2) a continuous flow of liquid, air, gas, people, etc. 3) Brit. a group in which schoolchildren of the same age and ability are taught. ► VERB 1) run or move in a continuous flow. 2) (usu. be streaming) run with… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stream — bzw. Streaming (engl. „Strömen, Fließen“) steht für: die kontinuierliche Übertragung von Daten, siehe Datenstrom Honda Stream, ein Modell der Automarke Honda Alternate Data Streams (zu deutsch: Alternative Datenströme), eine spezielle Funktion… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stream — ice [stʀimajs] ou, plus cour., stream [stʀim] n. m. ÉTYM. 1851, in D. D. L.; mot angl., « glace (ice) de courant (stream) ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Glace flottante mince de forme allongée, formant des champs étendus. 0 (…) champs (de gl …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stream — n *flow, current, flood, tide, flux stream vb *pour, gush, sluice Analogous words: flow, issue, emanate, proceed (see SPRING): flood, deluge, inundate (see corresponding nouns at FLOOD) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stream — [n] small river beck, branch, brook, burn, course, creek, current, drift, flood, flow, freshet, race, rill, rindle, rivulet, run, runnel, rush, spate, spritz, surge, tide, torrent, tributary, watercourse; concept 514 stream [v] flow from cascade …   New thesaurus

  • stream — index issue (send forth), outflow, outpour Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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