Definitions for: Stream

[n] the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
[n] a steady flow (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"
[n] dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"
[n] a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
[n] something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously; "a stream of people emptied from the terminal"; "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"
[v] exude profusely; "She was streaming with sweat"; "His nose streamed blood"
[v] move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"
[v] flow freely and abundantly; "Tears streamed down her face"
[v] to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind; "their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind."
[v] rain heavily; "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"

Webster (1913) Definition: Stream (str[=e]m), n. [AS. stre['a]m; akin to OFries.
str[=a]m, OS. str[=o]m, D. stroom, G. strom, OHG. stroum,
str[=u]m, Dan. & Sw. str["o]m, Icel. straumr, Ir. sroth,
Lith. srove, Russ. struia, Gr. "ry`sis a flowing, "rei^n to
flow, Skr. sru. [root]174. Cf. Catarrh, Diarrhea,
Rheum, Rhythm.]
1. A current of water or other fluid; a liquid flowing
continuously in a line or course, either on the earth, as
a river, brook, etc., or from a vessel, reservoir, or
fountain; specifically, any course of running water; as,
many streams are blended in the Mississippi; gas and steam
came from the earth in streams; a stream of molten lead
from a furnace; a stream of lava from a volcano.

2. A beam or ray of light. ``Sun streams.'' --Chaucer.

3. Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of
parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand. ``The
stream of beneficence.'' --Atterbury. ``The stream of
emigration.'' --Macaulay.

4. A continued current or course; as, a stream of weather.
``The very stream of his life.'' --Shak.

5. Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving
causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners.

Gulf stream. See under Gulf.

Stream anchor, Stream cable. (Naut.) See under Anchor,
and Cable.

Stream ice, blocks of ice floating in a mass together in
some definite direction.

Stream tin, particles or masses of tin ore found in
alluvial ground; -- so called because a stream of water is
the principal agent used in separating the ore from the
sand and gravel.

Stream works (Cornish Mining), a place where an alluvial
deposit of tin ore is worked. --Ure.

To float with the stream, figuratively, to drift with the
current of opinion, custom, etc., so as not to oppose or
check it.

Syn: Current; flow; rush; tide; course.

Usage: Stream, Current. These words are often properly
interchangeable; but stream is the broader word,
denoting a prevailing onward course. The stream of the
Mississippi rolls steadily on to the Gulf of Mexico,
but there are reflex currents in it which run for a
while in a contrary direction.

Stream, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Streamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To issue or flow in a stream; to flow freely or in a
current, as a fluid or whatever is likened to fluids; as,
tears streamed from her eyes.

Beneath those banks where rivers stream. --Milton.

2. To pour out, or emit, a stream or streams.

A thousand suns will stream on thee. --Tennyson.

3. To issue in a stream of light; to radiate.

4. To extend; to stretch out with a wavy motion; to float in
the wind; as, a flag streams in the wind.

Stream, v. t.
To send forth in a current or stream; to cause to flow; to
pour; as, his eyes streamed tears.

It may so please that she at length will stream Some
dew of grace into my withered heart. --Spenser.

2. To mark with colors or embroidery in long tracts.

The herald's mantle is streamed with gold. --Bacon.

3. To unfurl. --Shak.

To stream the buoy. (Naut.) See under Buoy.

Synonyms: current, current, flow, flow, flow, pelt, pour, pour, pullulate, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, swarm, teem, watercourse, well out

See Also: be adrift, blow, body of water, branch, brook, course, course, creek, crossing, crowd, crowd together, drift, eddy, exudate, exude, float, flood, flow, flow, flowing, ford, line, maelstrom, meander, midstream, motion, motion, move, movement, ocean current, ooze, ooze out, outpouring, overflow, pour out, rain, rain down, release, rill, rip current, riptide, river, rivulet, run, run, runnel, sheet, sluice, sluice down, spill, spill out, spill over, spillage, spin, streamlet, tidal current, tidal flow, tidal river, tidal stream, tidewater river, tidewater stream, torrent, transude, twist, undercurrent, undertide, violent stream, vortex, water, whirlpool

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