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a. A flow of water in a channel or bed, as a brook, rivulet, or small river.
b. A steady current in such a flow of water.
2. A steady current of a fluid.
3. A large amount or number moving or occurring in steady succession: a stream of commuters; a stream of insults. See Synonyms at flow.
4. A trend, course, or drift, as of opinion, thought, or history.
5. A beam or ray of light.
6. Chiefly British A course of study to which students are tracked.
7. Computers A steady flow of data.
v. streamed, stream·ing, streams
1. To flow in a stream or current.
2. To pour forth or give off a stream; flow: My eyes were streaming with tears.
3. To move or arrive in large numbers; pour: Traffic was streaming by. Fan mail streamed in.
4. To extend, wave, or float outward: The banner streamed in the breeze.
a. To leave a continuous trail of light.
b. To give forth a continuous stream of light rays or beams; shine.
1. To emit, discharge, or exude (a body fluid, for example).
2. Computers To transmit (audio or video content), especially over the Internet, in small, sequential packets that permit the content to be played continuously as it is being received and without saving it to a hard disk.
on stream
In or into operation or production: a new power plant soon to go on stream.

[Middle English streme, from Old English strēam; see sreu- in Indo-European roots.]

stream′y adj.


1. (Communications & Information) the process of supplying data, audio, etc in real time over the internet
2. (Computer Science) the process of supplying data, audio, etc in real time over the internet
3. (Education) Brit the grouping or division of schoolchildren in streams
(of a cold) involving the constant exudation of mucus


(ˈstri mɪŋ)

1. an act or instance of flowing.
2. rapid flowing of cytoplasm within a cell; cyclosis.
3. Computers. a technology for transferring data so that it can be received and processed in a steady stream: live streaming video.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.streaming - the circulation of cytoplasm within a cell
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
Adj.1.streaming - exuding a bodily fluid in profuse amounts; "his streaming face"; "her streaming eyes"
2.streaming - (computer science) using or relating to a form of continuous tape transport; used mainly to provide backup storage of unedited data; "streaming audio"; "streaming video recording"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
unprocessed - not altered from an original or natural state; "unprocessed commodities"
diffusion en fluxruissèlementruissellement


A. ADJ to have a streaming coldtener un resfriado muy fuerte
I had a streaming noseme moqueaba la nariz
to have streaming eyestener los ojos llorosos
B. N (Scol) → división f de alumnos por grupos (según su aptitud académica)


n (Brit Sch) → Einteilung fin Leistungsgruppen
adj nose, windowstriefend; eyes alsotränend; I have a streaming cold (Brit) → ich habe einen fürchterlichen Schnupfen


1. n (Scol) → suddivisione degli studenti in livelli (di rendimento e abilità)
2. adj I've got a streaming coldho il naso che cola per il raffreddore
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When he had gone, she went to her little chapel, and sitting in the twilight, prayed for Beth, with streaming tears and an aching heart, feeling that a million turquoise rings would not console her for the loss of her gentle little sister.
The moon rays, streaming in through the open door and windows, gave what light was needed to the old black mammy who stood at the table concocting a tisane of fragrant herbs.
With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the waste fields from some distant window
But these were broken again by the light toes of hundreds of gay fowl softly feathering the sea, alternate with their fitful flight; and like to some flag-staff rising from the painted hull of an argosy, the tall but shattered pole of a recent lance projected from the white whale's back; and at intervals one of the cloud of soft-toed fowls hovering, and to and fro skimming like a canopy over the fish, silently perched and rocked on this pole, the long tail feathers streaming like pennons.
My lady's hat was gone, and her long brown hair was streaming behind her.
The line of the buildings stood clear-cut and black against the sky; here and there out of the mass rose the great chimneys, with the river of smoke streaming away to the end of the world.
And the old creature sat down, with streaming tears, as wholly overcome, while the whole circle struck up--
Presently a fair slip of a girl, about ten years old, with a cataract of golden hair streaming down over her shoulders, came along.
Yes, a person that doubts that he is fine to see should see him in his beaded buck-skins, on my back and his rifle peeping above his shoulder, chasing a hostile trail, with me going like the wind and his hair streaming out behind from the shelter of his broad slouch.
And in the fights it was observable that these lads hacked and slashed with the same tremendous spirit, after they were covered with streaming wounds, which they had shown in the beginning.
He put his hand on his jacket pocket, found his piece of bark safe, and then struck through the woods, following the shore, with streaming garments.
I saw the water streaming over the road towards the ditch, and it reminded me of Uncle Tom's Cabin at Milltown, when Eliza took her baby and ran across the Mississippi on the ice blocks, pursued by the bloodhounds.