stream

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English[edit]

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Gustave Courbet's Le ruisseau de la Brême (The Brême Stream, 1866)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English streem, strem, from Old English strēam, from Proto-Germanic *straumaz (stream), from Proto-Indo-European *srowmos (river), from Proto-Indo-European *srew- (to flow). Doublet of rheum.

Cognate with Scots strem, streme, streym (stream, river), North Frisian strum (stream), West Frisian stream (stream), Low German Stroom (stream), Dutch stroom (current, flow, stream), German Strom (current, stream), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål strøm (current, stream, flow), Norwegian Nynorsk straum (current, stream, flow), Swedish ström (current, stream, flow), Icelandic straumur (current, stream, torrent, flood), Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheûma, stream, flow), Lithuanian srovė (current, stream) Polish strumień (stream), Welsh ffrwd (stream, current), Scottish Gaelic sruth (stream).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: strēm, IPA(key): /stɹiːm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːm

Noun[edit]

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stream (plural streams)

  1. A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
    • 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 59:
      European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
  2. A thin connected passing of a liquid through a lighter gas (e.g. air).
    He poured the milk in a thin stream from the jug to the glass.
  3. Any steady flow or succession of material, such as water, air, radio signal or words.
    Her constant nagging was to him a stream of abuse.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 10, in The China Governess[1]:
      With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
    • 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”, in the Guardian[2]:
      A new stream of migrants is leaving the continent. It threatens to become a torrent if the debt crisis continues to worsen.
  4. (sciences, umbrella term) All moving waters.
  5. (computing) A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.
  6. (figuratively) A particular path, channel, division, or way of proceeding.
    Haredi Judaism is a stream of Orthodox Judaism characterized by rejection of modern secular culture.
  7. (Britain, education) A division of a school year by perceived ability.
    All of the bright kids went into the A stream, but I was in the B stream.
  8. A live stream.

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Verb[edit]

stream (third-person singular simple present streams, present participle streaming, simple past and past participle streamed)

  1. (intransitive) To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.
  2. (intransitive) To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in the wind.
    A flag streams in the wind.
  3. (transitive) To discharge in a stream.
    The soldier's wound was streaming blood.
  4. (Internet) To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English stream.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /striːm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: stream

Noun[edit]

stream m (plural streams)

  1. (computing, Internet) A stream.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *straum.

Germanic cognates include Old Frisian strām, Old Saxon strōm, Old High German stroum, Old Norse straumr. Extra-Germanic cognates include Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheûma), Polish strumień, Albanian rrymë (flow, current).

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strēam m

  1. stream
  2. current

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: strem, streem

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Noun[edit]

stream m (plural streams)

  1. (computing) stream

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian strām, from Proto-West Germanic *straum.

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stream c (plural streamen, diminutive streamke)

  1. river
  2. stream (of fluids), flow
  3. electric current

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Further reading[edit]

  • stream”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011