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Meaning & Definition of Stream in English

English

Stream

/strim/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • stream
  • ,
  • watercourse

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • stream
  • ,
  • flow
  • ,
  • current

3. The act of flowing or streaming

  • Continuous progression
    synonym:
  • flow
  • ,
  • stream

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • stream
  • ,
  • flow

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • current
  • ,
  • stream

verb

1. To extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

  • "Their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind"
    synonym:
  • stream

2. Exude profusely

  • "She was streaming with sweat"
  • "His nose streamed blood"
    synonym:
  • stream

3. Move in large numbers

  • "People were pouring out of the theater"
  • "Beggars pullulated in the plaza"
    synonym:
  • pour
  • ,
  • swarm
  • ,
  • stream
  • ,
  • teem
  • ,
  • pullulate

4. Rain heavily

  • "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"
    synonym:
  • pour
  • ,
  • pelt
  • ,
  • stream
  • ,
  • rain cats and dogs
  • ,
  • rain buckets

5. Flow freely and abundantly

  • "Tears streamed down her face"
    synonym:
  • stream
  • ,
  • well out

Examples of using

Our policies and systems are getting outdated and need revising, but to try to swap horses while crossing a stream might be dangerous.