m) KEY NOUN:
- A flow of water in a channel or bed, as a brook, rivulet, or small river.
- A steady current in such a flow of water.
- A steady current of a fluid.
- A steady flow or succession: a stream of insults. See Synonyms at flow.
- A trend, course, or drift, as of opinion, thought, or history.
- A beam or ray of light.
- Chiefly British A course of study to which students are tracked.
, streams VERB: intr.
- To flow in or as if in a stream.
- To pour forth or give off a stream; flow: My eyes were streaming with tears.
- To come or go in large numbers; pour: Traffic was streaming by. Fan mail streamed in.
- To extend, wave, or float outward: The banner streamed in the breeze.
- To leave a continuous trail of light.
- To give forth a continuous stream of light rays or beams; shine.
IDIOM: on stream
- To emit, discharge, or exude (a body fluid, for example).
- In or into operation or production: a new power plant soon to go on stream.
Middle English streme
, from Old English stram
; see sreu-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:streamy(Adjective)