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stream (n.)

Old English stream "a course of water," from Proto-Germanic *strauma- (source also of Old Saxon strom, Old Norse straumr, Danish strøm, Swedish ström, Norwegian straum, Old Frisian stram, Dutch stroom, Old High German stroum, German Strom "current, river"), from PIE root *sreu- "to flow."

From early 12c. as "anything issuing from a source and flowing continuously." Meaning "current in the sea" (as in Gulf Stream) is recorded from late 14c., as is the sense of "steady current in a river." Stream of consciousness in lit crit first recorded 1930, originally in psychology (1855). Stream of thought is from 1890.

stream (v.)

early 13c., "to flow copiously," from stream (n.). Transitive sense "discharge in a stream" is from late 14c. Related: Streamed; streaming. Compare German strömen, Dutch stroomen, Danish strömme, all verbs from nouns.

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Definitions of stream from WordNet
1
stream (v.)
to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind;
their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind
stream (v.)
exude profusely;
His nose streamed blood
She was streaming with sweat
stream (v.)
move in large numbers;
Synonyms: pour / swarm / teem / pullulate
stream (v.)
rain heavily;
Synonyms: pour / pelt / rain cats and dogs / rain buckets
stream (v.)
flow freely and abundantly;
Tears streamed down her face
Synonyms: well out
2
stream (n.)
a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth;
Synonyms: watercourse
stream (n.)
dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;
stream of consciousness
two streams of development run through American history
Synonyms: flow / current
stream (n.)
the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression;
Synonyms: flow
stream (n.)
something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously;
a stream of people emptied from the terminal
Synonyms: flow
stream (n.)
a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes);
he felt a stream of air
the hose ejected a stream of water
Synonyms: current
From wordnet.princeton.edu