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noun [countable] stream pronunciation in American English /strim/
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  1. 1
    a small narrow river
    A path runs alongside the stream.
  2. 2
    a continuous flow of people or things
    stream of: a steady stream of visitors/traffic/cars
    He was great company with his endless stream of stories.
    1. a.
      a continuous flow of liquid or gas
      Blood ran from his nose in a steady stream.
      stream of: A stream of smoke rose from the chimney.


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