Definition of streaming in English:


Line breaks: stream|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈstriːmɪŋ


  • 1British (Of a cold) accompanied by copious running of the nose and eyes: she’s got a streaming cold
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    • The disease was described as like flu with blisters, on feet and mouth - which is close to what it's like for animals, a self-limiting disease like a streaming cold with sore feet.
    • People don't like ill people; walk into a pub with a streaming cold and people quite rightly discriminate against you.
    • In a sandwich bar at lunchtime, a male member of staff with a streaming cold made sandwiches for customers.
  • 2 Computing Relating to or making use of a form of tape transport in which data may be transferred in bulk while the tape is in motion: a streaming tape drive
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    • 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.
  • 2.1(Of data) transmitted in a continuous stream while earlier parts are being used.
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    • 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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