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 stream stream

noun

  • () a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth  ( watercourse, stream )
    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
  • () dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas  ( current, flow, stream )
    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
     two streams of development run through American history
    two streams of development run through American history
     stream of consciousness
    stream of consciousness
     the flow of thought
    the flow of thought
     the current of history
    the current of history
  • () the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression  ( stream, flow )
    the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
  • () a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)  ( stream, current )
    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
     the raft floated downstream on the current
    the raft floated downstream on the current
     he felt a stream of air
    he felt a stream of air
     the hose ejected a stream of water
    the hose ejected a stream of water
  • () something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously  ( flow, stream )
    something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously
     a stream of people emptied from the terminal
    a stream of people emptied from the terminal
     the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors
    the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors
  • verb

  • () to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind  ( stream )
    to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
     their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind
    their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind
  • () exude profusely  ( stream )
    exude profusely
     She was streaming with sweat
    She was streaming with sweat
     His nose streamed blood
    His nose streamed blood
  • () move in large numbers  ( pullulate, teem, stream, swarm, pour )
    move in large numbers
     people were pouring out of the theater
    people were pouring out of the theater
     beggars pullulated in the plaza
    beggars pullulated in the plaza
  • flow freely and abundantly  ( stream, well out )
    flow freely and abundantly
     Tears streamed down her face
    Tears streamed down her face
  • rain heavily  ( pelt, pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream )
    rain heavily
     Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!
    Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!