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"stream" in British English

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streamnoun [C]

uk   us   /striːm/
  • stream noun [C] (SMALL RIVER)

B1 water that ​flowsnaturally along a ​fixedrouteformed by a channelcut into ​rock or ​ground, usually at ​groundlevel: a mountain stream underground streams There's a ​bubbling stream that flows through ​theirproperty.

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  • stream noun [C] (CONTINUOUS FLOW)

any ​current of ​water or ​liquid: the ​level of ​cholesterol in ​your blood stream the ​direction in which ​water is ​moving: She ​stoppedrowing and ​let the ​boatfloat with the stream.B2 a ​continuousflow of things or ​people: There has been a steady stream of ​phonecalls from ​worriedcustomers. I had a constant stream of ​visitors while I was ​ill.

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  • stream noun [C] (STUDENTS)

UK (US track) a ​group of ​schoolstudents with ​similarability 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 stream
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streamverb

uk   us   /striːm/
  • stream verb (FLOW)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​flowsomewhere or ​produceliquid, ​quickly and in ​largeamounts 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 ​terriblecold and my ​nose has been streaming all ​week.stream in, out, through, etc. to ​movecontinuously in one ​direction: We were all very ​excited as we streamed out ofourfinalexam. Officials ​estimate that 20,000 ​refugees streamed into the ​city last ​week. His ​hair streamed out behind him as he ​rode off.
(Definition of stream from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stream" in American English

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streamnoun [C]

 us   /strim/
  • stream noun [C] (SMALL RIVER)

a ​smallriver that ​flows on or below the ​surface of the ​ground: Rivers are ​wider, ​deeper, and ​longer than streams.
  • stream noun [C] (FLOW)

a ​continuousflow: The ​faucetleaked in a ​steady stream. An ​endless stream of ​trafficclogged the ​roads today.

streamverb

 us   /strim/
  • stream verb (SEND)

[T] to ​sendcontinuoussound or ​movingimages using ​computers: Wi-fi ​networkingallows you to stream ​music from a PC to the ​device.
  • stream verb (FLOW)

[I] to move ​continuously: Record ​numbers of ​applications were streaming into ​ouroffices. Tears streamed down her ​cheeks. Sunlight was streaming through the ​window.
(Definition of stream from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stream" in Business English

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streamnoun

uk   us   /striːm/
[C] FINANCE a ​regularflow of ​money: Utilities have a steady stream of ​cash coming in from their ​customers. Fees for ​advising on acquisitions ​represent a large ​part of ​bigbanks' income streams.
[C, usually singular] a large ​number of things or ​people of a similar ​type that ​happen or are seen one after the other: a/the stream of sth A ​bankruptcyfiling would ​add to the stream of ​businessfailures that have plagued ​corporate America.a steady/constant/continuous stream of sth/sb At the moment, we're seeing a ​steady stream of ​people in trouble from refinancings.
come on stream PRODUCTION to ​start to be used to ​produce or ​manufacture something: New ​powerplants need to come on stream by 2016-17.

streamverb [T]

uk   us   /striːm/ IT, INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS
to listen to or watch ​sound or ​video on a ​computer, ​mobilephone, etc. directly from the ​internet rather than downloading it and ​saving it first, or to ​sendsound or ​video in this way: stream video/music/files You can now use your ​homewi-fiwirelessnetwork to stream music from your PC. Streaming ​channels to ​individualhandsetstakes up a lot of ​networkcapacity. Although TV and other ​video can be streamed over 3G ​networks, it is not a ​broadcasttechnology.
(Definition of stream from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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