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verb stream pronunciation in British English /striːm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestreaming
past tensestreamed
past participlestreamed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to flow continuously
    stream down/from/off/into: Clouds of black smoke streamed from the car.
    Tears streamed down his cheeks.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to produce a liquid or gas in a continuous flow
      The cut on her leg streamed blood.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to move in large numbers in a continuous flow
      stream across/down/into etc: 1,200 students streamed into the auditorium.
      Holidaymakers streamed from the hotels to the beach.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to shine or give off light
    stream in/through/from: There was bright sunlight streaming through the windows.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move and wave in the air or in water
    stream behind/in/out: Her cloak streamed out behind her as she ran.
  4. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] computing to play video or sound on a computer or mobile device by getting it as a continuous stream rather than having to download it; to provide data in this way
    I played on this thing all day surfing the web, streaming music videos, downloading games etc
    The presentation involved several live videos streamed directly from headsets worn by employees.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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