Definition of stream noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//striːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//striːm//
    Rivers and lakes, School life
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  1. 1  a small narrow river mountain streams We waded across a shallow stream. see also downstream, upstream, Gulf Stream See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  2. 2  stream (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. 3  stream (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. 4  stream of something a large number of things that happen one after the other a constant stream of enquiries The agency provided me with a steady stream of work. Most of the letter consisted of a stream of abuse.
  5. 5(especially British English) a group of students of the same age and level of ability in some schools She was put into the fast stream. See related entries: School life
  6. Word OriginOld English strēam (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stroom, German Strom, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek rhein ‘to flow’.Extra examples By licensing their works, artists can create an ongoing revenue stream. He let loose a stream of abuse. The computer generates a steady stream of emails. The jet stream in the northern hemisphere moves northward. The stream flows through a narrow valley. There are small fish in the stream. We have established several different streams of funding. We picnicked beside a bubbling stream. You can listen to the live audio stream. a constant stream of letters a leaf floating on the stream the stream-of-consciousness technique in modern literature Children who find themselves in the bottom stream feel discouraged. He let loose a stream of insults and obscenities. He was put into the top stream. I’ve had a steady stream of visitors. Many underground streams flow beneath the forest. She had to deal with a constant stream of enquiries. She was able to play streams of difficult notes with extreme accuracy. There were endless streams of mail which could not all be read. We waded across a little mountain stream. a continuous flow/​stream of peopleIdioms to be in operation or available The new computer system comes on stream next month.
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