Stream

Definition of Stream

Pronunciation: strēm
n.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.
3.Anything issuing or moving with continued succession of parts; as, a stream of words; a stream of sand.
4.A continued current or course; as, a stream of weather.
5.Current; drift; tendency; series of tending or moving causes; as, the stream of opinions or manners.
Gulf stream
See under Gulf.
Stream anchor
(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.
To float with the stream
figuratively, to drift with the current of opinion, custom, etc., so as not to oppose or check it.
- Ure.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Streamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Streaming.]
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.
v. t.1.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.
To stream the buoy
(Naut.) See under Buoy.

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