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From Middle English stremer, stremere, equivalent to stream +‎ -er.



streamer (plural streamers)

  1. A long, narrow flag, or piece of material used or seen as a decoration.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      Brave Rupert from afar appears, / Whose waving streamers the glad general knows.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. Strips of paper or other material used as confetti.
  3. A newspaper headline that runs across the entire page.
  4. (heading) In computing.
    1. A data storage system, mainly used to produce backups, in which large quantities of data are transferred to a continuously moving tape.
    2. Any mechanism for streaming data.
      a video streamer
    3. (Internet) A person who streams activities on their computer (especially video gaming) to a live online audience.
  5. (fishing) In fly fishing, a variety of wet fly designed to mimic a minnow.
  6. (mining) One who searches for stream tin.
  7. A stream or column of light shooting upward from the horizon, constituting one of the forms of the aurora borealis.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)


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