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stream

Overview

This page has 19 definitions of stream with English translations in 5 languages. Stream is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use stream in a sentence are shown. Also define these 17 related words and terms: river, creek, water, liquid, flow, sciences, umbrella term, computing, education, school year, ability, live stream, discharge, Internet, stream, current, and electric.

See also: Stream

English

Gustave Courbet's Le ruisseau de la Brême (The Brême Stream, 1866)

Etymology

From Middle English streem, strem, from Old English strēam, from Proto-Germanic *straumaz (stream), from Proto-Indo-European *srowmos (river), from Proto-Indo-European *srew- (to flow). Doublet of rheum.

Cognate with Scots strem, streme, streym (stream, river), North Frisian strum (stream), West Frisian stream (stream), Low German Stroom (stream), Dutch stroom (current, flow, stream), German Strom (current, stream), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål strøm (current, stream, flow), Norwegian Nynorsk straum (current, stream, flow), Swedish ström (current, stream, flow), Icelandic straumur (current, stream, torrent, flood), Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheûma, stream, flow), Lithuanian srovė (current, stream) Polish strumień (stream), Welsh ffrwd (stream, current), Scottish Gaelic sruth (stream).

Pronunciation

Noun

stream (plural streams)

  1. A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
    • 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 59:
      European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
    • River definition
      A large and often winding stream which drains a land mass, carrying water down from higher areas to a lower point, oftentimes ending in another body of water, such as an ocean or in an inland sea. (1 of 4 river definitions)
    • Creek definition
      A small inlet or bay, often saltwater, narrower and extending farther into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river; the inner part of a port that is used as a dock for small boats. (1 of 3 creek definitions)
    • Water definition
      A substance (of molecular formula H2O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gaseous form is steam. (1 of 18 water definitions)
  2. 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.
    • Liquid definition
      A substance that is flowing, and keeping no shape, such as water; a substance of which the molecules, while not tending to separate from one another like those of a gas, readily change their relative position, and which therefore retains no definite shape, except that determined by the containing receptacle; an inelastic fluid. (1 of 2 liquid definitions)
  3. 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.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 10, in The China Governess[1]:
      With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
    • 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”, in the Guardian[2]:
      A new stream of migrants is leaving the continent. It threatens to become a torrent if the debt crisis continues to worsen.
    • Flow definition
      A movement in people or things with a particular way in large numbers or amounts (1 of 11 flow definitions)
  4. (sciences, umbrella term) All moving waters.
  5. (computing) A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.
  6. (figuratively) A particular path, channel, division, or way of proceeding.
    Haredi Judaism is a stream of Orthodox Judaism characterized by rejection of modern secular culture.
  7. (Britain, education) 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.
  8. A live stream.

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Translations

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Verb

stream (third-person singular simple present streams, present participle streaming, simple past and past participle streamed)

  1. (intransitive) To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.
  2. (intransitive) To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind.
    A flag streams in the wind.
  3. (transitive) To discharge in a stream.
    The soldier's wound was streaming blood.
  4. (Internet) To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.
    • Internet definition
      The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.

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Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English stream.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /striːm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: stream

Noun

stream m (plural streams)

  1. (computing, Internet) A stream.

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Old English

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *straum.

Germanic cognates include Old Frisian strām, Old Saxon strōm, Old High German stroum, Old Norse straumr. Extra-Germanic cognates include Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheûma), Polish strumień, Albanian rrymë (flow, current).

Pronunciation

Noun

strēam m

  1. stream
  2. current

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Spanish

Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /esˈtɾim/, [esˈt̪ɾĩm]
  • IPA(key): /ˈestɾin/, [ˈes.t̪ɾĩn]

Noun

stream m (plural streams)

  1. (computing) stream

West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian strām, from Proto-West Germanic *straum.

Pronunciation

Noun

stream c (plural streamen, diminutive streamke)

  1. river
  2. stream (of fluids), flow
  3. electric current

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Further reading

  • “stream”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal[3] (in Dutch), 2011