Definition of streaming in English:



mass noun
  • 1Computing
    A method of transmitting or receiving data (especially video and audio material) over a computer network as a steady, continuous flow, allowing playback to start while the rest of the data is still being received.

    • ‘There is huge demand for content delivery and streaming.’
    • ‘Some cable operators fear that video streaming will allow large numbers of consumers to bypass cable service and get programming over the Internet.’
    • ‘Network executives insist they have no grand plan to begin routine streaming of their programming.’
    • ‘The general opinion was that video streaming had proved its commercial value.’
    • ‘The service, which includes both text and audio streaming of radio services in all languages, increased well above comparable internet growth rates.’
    • ‘The attractiveness of video streaming is an example of a much broader phenomenon.’
    • ‘Do you have any plans for passworded or paid streaming?’
    • ‘But that's not to say some impressive video streaming will be possible.’
    • ‘Or are you looking to do video capture and streaming over your network?’
    • ‘Courses which incorporate bandwidth-hungry media such as video streaming and audio may not be accessible without the right platform.’
    • ‘Audio streaming may be common, but bandwidth constraints limit its quality.’
    • ‘Video streaming is going to be a bit more challenging.’
    • ‘Video streaming of major events has become widespread on the internet and is expected to grow significantly with the growth of broadband.’
    • ‘Paper output and video streaming are of less importance than meeting the growing need to get content written, approved, and out to a Web site.’
    • ‘The live race viewer will be on this web site every day of racing and on finals day live video streaming is also available to countries outside of Europe.’
    • ‘Pay-per-view sites with some of the most compelling streaming don't yet show up on the lists.’
    • ‘Video streaming is now available and as this technology is perfected, there will be opportunities to produce video programs to air on the Internet.’
    • ‘Live streaming through webcams allows real time viewing of art events anywhere on the globe.’
    • ‘Video streaming is really a secondary application that can make use of existing and developing high-speed infrastructure.’
    • ‘You're going to see more demand for multimedia streaming.’
  • 2British The practice of putting schoolchildren in groups of the same age and ability to be taught together.

    ‘streaming within secondary schools is common practice’


  • 1British attributive (of a cold) accompanied by copious running of the nose and eyes.

    ‘she's got a streaming cold’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nursing a sore throat and streaming cold, Pixie should probably be tucked up in bed with a Lemsip.’
    • ‘In a sandwich bar at lunchtime, a male member of staff with a streaming cold made sandwiches for customers.’
    • ‘Can you be suffering from a streaming cold and still look glamorous?’
    • ‘Why do I always end up sitting next to a person with a streaming cold and cough at meetings?’
    • ‘People don't like ill people; walk into a pub with a streaming cold and people quite rightly discriminate against you.’
    flowing, gushing, rushing, moving
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  • 2Computing
    attributive Relating 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.

    ‘a streaming tape drive’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Snapshots are stored on disk, which provides fast, direct access rather than the slower mechanical streaming access provided by tape.’
  • 3Computing
    attributive Of or relating to data transmitted in a continuous stream while earlier parts are being used.

    • ‘She has written and lectured about streaming media, net art and new media cultures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're even offering streaming versions of most of their new programs right on their website.’
    • ‘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.’