stream1 W3 [stri:m] n
1¦(small river)¦
2¦(continuous series)¦
4 come on stream
[: Old English;]
a natural flow of water that moves across the land and is narrower than a river
a long and almost continuous series of events, people, objects, etc
stream of
a stream of traffic
a stream of abuse
steady/constant/endless etc stream
A steady stream of visitors came to the house.
3.) ¦(AIR/WATER)¦
a flow of water, air, smoke etc, or the direction in which it is flowing
A stream of cold air rushed through the open door.
4.) come on stream
especially BrE to start working or producing something
The new factory will come on stream at the end of the year.
5.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦
BrE a level of ability within a group of students of the same age
Kim's in the top stream.
stream 2
stream2 v
3¦(give out liquid)¦
5¦(move freely)¦
1.) ¦(POUR)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to flow quickly and in great amounts
= ↑pour stream out/from/onto etc
Water came streaming out of the burst pipe.
Tears streamed down her cheeks.
2.) ¦(FLOW)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move in a continuous flow in the same direction
stream out/across/past etc
People streamed past us on all sides.
3.) ¦(GIVE OUT LIQUID)¦ [I and T]
to produce a continuous flow of liquid
stream with
When I got up, my face was streaming with blood.
streaming cold
BrE (=an illness in which a lot of liquid comes out of your nose)
4.) ¦(LIGHT)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if light streams somewhere, it shines through an opening into a place or onto a surface
= ↑flood stream in/through/from etc
The first rays of morning sunlight streamed through the open doorway.
5.) ¦(MOVE FREELY)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition, usually in progressive]
to move freely in a current of wind or water
stream in/out/behind etc
Elise ran, her hair streaming out behind her.
6.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [T]
if you stream sound or video, you play it on your computer while it is being ↑downloaded from the Internet, rather than saving it as a ↑file and then playing it
7.) ¦(SCHOOL)¦ [T]
BrE to put school children in groups according to their ability
American Equivalent: track
>streaming n [U]

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