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Language: Old English
Origin:

stream

1 noun
     
Related topics: Nature, Earth Sciences, School
stream1 W3 [countable]
1

small river

DN a natural flow of water that moves across the land and is narrower than a river
2

continuous series

a long and almost continuous series of events, people, objects, etc
stream of
a stream of traffic
a stream of abuse
steady/constant/endless etc stream
A steady stream of visitors came to the house.
3

air/water

HE a flow of water, air, smoke etc, or the direction in which it is flowing:
A stream of cold air rushed through the open door.
Gulf Stream, jet stream
4

come on stream

especially British EnglishTI to start working or producing something:
The new factory will come on stream at the end of the year.
5

school

British EnglishSES a level of ability within a group of students of the same age:
Kim's in the top stream.

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