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Definition of stream noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small narrow river mountain streams We waded across a shallow stream. see also downstream, upstream, Gulf Stream
  2. 2stream (of something) a continuous flow of liquid or gas A stream of blood flowed from the wound. He blew out a stream of cigar smoke. a jet stream see also bloodstream
  3. 3stream (of something/somebody) a continuous flow of people or vehicles I've had a steady stream of visitors. Cars filed past in an endless stream.
  4. 4stream of something a large number of things that happen one after the other a constant stream of inquiries The agency provided me with a steady stream of work. Most of the letter consisted of a stream of abuse.
  5. 5video or sound that you play on a computer by receiving it as a continuous stream from the Internet, rather than needing to wait until the whole of the material has been downloaded You can listen to a live stream of the speech at 10:00 a.m.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stream