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stream

noun [C] uk   /striːm/ us  

stream noun [C] (SMALL RIVER)

B1 water that flows naturally along a fixed route formed by a channel cut into rock or ground, usually at ground level: a mountain stream underground streams There's a bubbling stream that flows through their garden.Watercourses and waterfalls

stream noun [C] (CONTINUOUS FLOW)

any current of water or liquid: the level of cholesterol in your blood streamMovement of liquids the direction in which water is moving: She stopped rowing and let the boat float with the stream.Watercourses and waterfalls B2 a continuous flow of things or people: There has been a steady stream of phone calls from worried customers. I had a constant stream of visitors while I was ill.Masses and large amounts of things

stream noun [C] (STUDENTS)

UK (US track) a group of school students with similar ability who are approximately the same age and are taught together: I'm in the A stream for maths, and the B stream for English. the top/bottom streamStudents and pupils
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stream

verb uk   /striːm/ us  

stream verb (FLOW)

[I usually + adv/prep] to flow somewhere or produce liquid, quickly and in large amounts without stopping: There were tears streaming down his face. One woman was carried from the scene of the accident with blood streaming from her head.UK I've got a terrible cold and my nose has been streaming all week.Movement of liquids stream in, out, through, etc. to move continuously in one direction: We were all very excited as we streamed out of our final exam. Officials estimate that 20,000 refugees streamed into the city last week. His hair streamed out behind him as he rode off.Advancing and moving forward

stream verb (INTERNET)

[T] to listen to or watch sound or video on a computer directly from the internet rather than downloading it and saving it firstOperating computers

stream verb (STUDENTS)

[T] UK (US track) to group and teach together school students with similar abilities who are approximately the same age: We start to stream the children in the third form.Classifying and creating order
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