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noun [C] uk   us   /striːm/

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.
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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 stopped rowing and let the boat float with the stream.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.
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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 stream
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verb uk   us   /striːm/

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.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.

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 first

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.
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