- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of liquid or gas) to move or pour out in a continuous flow; to produce a continuous flow of liquid or gas (+ adv./prep.) Tears streamed down his face. a streaming cold (= with a lot of liquid coming from the nose) Sunlight streamed through the windows. stream with something Her head was streaming with blood. stream from something Blood was streaming from her head. Black smoke streamed from the exhaust. stream something The exhaust streamed black smoke.
- 2(of people or things) [intransitive] + adv./prep. to move somewhere in large numbers, one after the other People streamed across the bridge. The refugees streamed north to the border.
- 3[intransitive] to move freely, especially in the wind or water Her scarf streamed behind her. She was walking by the sea, her pale hair streaming.
- 4(especially British English) (usually North American English track) [transitive, usually passive] stream somebody (in schools) to put school students into groups according to their ability Pupils are streamed for French and Maths.
- 5[transitive] stream something (computing) to play video or sound on a computer by receiving it as a continuous stream, from the Internet for example, rather than needing to wait until the whole of the material has been downloaded You can stream the song for a single listen. The programme was streamed on the Web 24 hours a day. Word Origin Old English strēam (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stroom, German Strom, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek rhein
BrE BrE//striːm//; NAmE NAmE//striːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stream
BrE BrE//striːm//; NAmE NAmE//striːm//he / she / it streams
BrE BrE//striːmz//; NAmE NAmE//striːmz//past simple streamed
BrE BrE//striːmd//; NAmE NAmE//striːmd//past participle streamed
BrE BrE//striːmd//; NAmE NAmE//striːmd//-ing form streaming
BrE BrE//ˈstriːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstriːmɪŋ//