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English noun: stream

1. stream (object) a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water

Narrower (hyponym)branch, brook, creek, headstream, rill, river, rivulet, run, runnel, streamlet, tidal river, tidal stream, tidewater river, tidewater stream

Part holonymcrossing, ford, meander, midstream

2. stream (group) dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

SamplesTwo streams of development run through American history.
Stream of consciousness.
The flow of thought.
The current of history.

Synonymscurrent, flow

Broader (hypernym)course, line

3. stream (act) the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression


Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)flood, outpouring, overflow, release, spill, spillage

4. stream (state) something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously

SamplesA stream of people emptied from the terminal.
The museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors.


Broader (hypernym)motion

5. stream (event) a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

SamplesThe raft floated downstream on the current.
He felt a stream of air.
The hose ejected a stream of water.


Broader (hypernym)flow, flowing

Narrower (hyponym)eddy, maelstrom, ocean current, rip current, riptide, tidal current, tidal flow, torrent, twist, undercurrent, undertide, violent stream, vortex, whirlpool

English verb: stream

1. stream (motion) to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

SamplesTheir manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be adrift, blow, drift, float

2. stream (body) exude profusely

SamplesShe was streaming with sweat.
His nose streamed blood.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude

3. stream (motion) move in large numbers

SamplesPeople were pouring out of the theater.
Beggars pullulated in the plaza.

Synonymspour, pullulate, swarm, teem

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)crowd, crowd together

Narrower (hyponym)pour out, spill out, spill over

4. stream (weather) rain heavily

SamplesPut on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!.

ExamplesIt was streaming all day long

Synonymspelt, pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs

Pattern of useIt is ----ing

Broader (hypernym)rain, rain down

Narrower (hyponym)sheet, sluice, sluice down

5. stream (motion) flow freely and abundantly

SamplesTears streamed down her face.

Synonymswell out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

Narrower (hyponym)spin

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