Definition of streaming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrēmiNG/


A method of transmitting or receiving data (especially video and audio material) over a computer network as a steady, continuous flow, allowing playback to proceed while subsequent data is being received.
Example sentences
  • Some cable operators fear that video streaming will allow large numbers of consumers to bypass cable service and get programming over the Internet.
  • Audio streaming may be common, but bandwidth constraints limit its quality.
  • Video streaming is going to be a bit more challenging.


1Relating to or making use of a form of tape transport, used mainly to provide backup storage, in which data may be transferred in bulk while the tape is in motion.
Example sentences
  • Snapshots are stored on disk, which provides fast, direct access rather than the slower mechanical streaming access provided by tape.
  • As a streaming technology, tape drives work best when data is coming to them at their rated speed.
  • The current technology for such machines is the streaming tape drive.
2(Of data) transmitted in a continuous stream while earlier parts are being used.
Example sentences
  • One blogger wrote how mad he was over the fact that the streaming video wasn't live, saying the clips were stale the moment they were up.
  • For the first time in history, international streaming channels now outnumber channels from the US.
  • Many radio stations use the streaming capabilities of this format to transmit their programmes over the net.

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Syllabification: stream·ing

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