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STREAM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stream mean? 

STREAM (noun)
  The noun STREAM has 5 senses:

1. a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
2. dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
3. a steady flow (usually from natural causes)
4. the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
5. something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously

  Familiarity information: STREAM used as a noun is common.


STREAM (verb)
  The verb STREAM has 5 senses:

1. to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
2. exude profusely
3. move in large numbers
4. rain heavily
5. flow freely and abundantly

  Familiarity information: STREAM used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


STREAM (noun)


Sense 1stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

stream; watercourse

Hypernyms ("stream" is a kind of...):

body of water; water (the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean))

Meronyms (parts of "stream"):

midstream (the middle of a stream)

meander (a bend or curve, as in a stream or river)

crossing; ford (a shallow area in a stream that can be forded)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stream"):

tidal river; tidal stream; tidewater river; tidewater stream (a stream in which the effects of the tide extend far upstream)

rill; rivulet; run; runnel; streamlet (a small stream)

river (a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek))

headstream (a stream that forms the source of a river)

brook; creek (a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river))

branch (a stream or river connected to a larger one)


Sense 2stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

stream; current; flow

Context examples:

two streams of development run through American history / stream of consciousness / the flow of thought / the current of history

Hypernyms ("stream" is a kind of...):

course; line (a connected series of events or actions or developments)


Sense 3stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A steady flow (usually from natural causes)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

current; stream

Context examples:

the raft floated downstream on the current / he felt a stream of air

Hypernyms ("stream" is a kind of...):

flow; flowing (the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stream"):

ocean current (the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction)

maelstrom; vortex; whirlpool (a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides))

eddy; twist (a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself)

torrent; violent stream (a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid))

undercurrent; undertide (a current below the surface of a fluid)

rip current; riptide (a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore)

tidal current; tidal flow (the water current caused by the tides)


Sense 4stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

flow; stream

Hypernyms ("stream" is a kind of...):

motion; move; movement (the act of changing location from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stream"):

release; spill; spillage (the act of allowing a fluid to escape)

flood; outpouring; overflow (a large flow)


Sense 5stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

flow; stream

Context examples:

a stream of people emptied from the terminal / the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors

Hypernyms ("stream" is a kind of...):

motion (a state of change)


STREAM (verb)


Sense 1stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind

Hypernyms (to "stream" is one way to...):

be adrift; blow; drift; float (be in motion due to some air or water current)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exude profusely

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context examples:

She was streaming with sweat / His nose streamed blood

Hypernyms (to "stream" is one way to...):

exudate; exude; ooze; ooze out; transude (release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in large numbers

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

teem; swarm; pullulate; pour; stream

Context examples:

people were pouring out of the theater / beggars pullulated in the plaza

Hypernyms (to "stream" is one way to...):

crowd; crowd together (to gather together in large numbers)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stream"):

pour out; spill out; spill over (be disgorged)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rain heavily

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

rain buckets; rain cats and dogs; pelt; stream; pour

Context example:

Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!

Hypernyms (to "stream" is one way to...):

rain; rain down (precipitate as rain)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stream"):

sheet (come down as if in sheets)

sluice; sluice down (pour as if from a sluice)

Sentence frame:

It is ----ing

Sentence example:

It was streaming all day long


Sense 5stream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flow freely and abundantly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

well out; stream

Context example:

Tears streamed down her face

Hypernyms (to "stream" is one way to...):

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "stream"):

spin (stream in jets, of liquids)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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