stream of consciousness

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stream of consciousness

n. pl. streams of consciousness
1. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.
2. Psychology The conscious experience of an individual regarded as a continuous, flowing series of images and ideas running through the mind.

stream′-of-con′scious·ness adj.

stream of consciousness

n
1. (Psychology) psychol the continuous flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings forming the content of an individual's consciousness. The term was originated by William James
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. a literary technique that reveals the flow of thoughts and feelings of characters through long passages of soliloquy
b. (as modifier): a stream-of-consciousness novel.

stream′ of con′sciousness


n.
1. thought regarded as a succession of ideas and images constantly moving forward in time.
2. a style of writing in which a character's random thoughts are represented by disregarding logical sequence, normal syntax, or distinctions in the levels of reality.
[1850–55]
stream′-of-con′sciousness, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stream of consciousness - a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
prose - ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
2.stream of consciousness - the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"