- stream stream [striːm] noun [countable]1. a long and almost continuous series of things:stream of
• Despite the steady stream of layoffs, federal statisticians are predicting growth in select industries.
• The refinery will come on stream (= start producing a stream of oil ) next year.2. FINANCE regular amounts of money coming into a company or organization from a particular activity or source, especially over a long period of time:
• The city will get an income stream from property and income taxes paid by the new owners.
• The new products account for more than 80% of the company's revenue stream.
* * *Ⅰ.stream UK US /striːm/ noun► [C] FINANCE a regular flow of money: »
Utilities have a steady stream of cash coming in from their customers.»
Fees for advising on acquisitions represent a large part of big banks' income streams.► [C, usually singular] a large number of things or people of a similar type that happen or are seen one after the other: a/the stream of sth »
A bankruptcy filing would add to the stream of business failures that have plagued corporate America.a steady/constant/continuous stream of sth/sb »
At the moment, we're seeing a steady stream of people in trouble from refinancings.● come on stream — Cf. come on streamⅡ.stream UK US /striːm/ verb [T] IT, INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS► to listen to or watch sound or video on a computer, mobile phone, etc. directly from the internet rather than downloading it and saving it first, or to send sound or video in this way: stream video/music/files »
You can now use your home wi-fi wireless network to stream music from your PC.»
Streaming channels to individual handsets takes up a lot of network capacity.»
Although TV and other video can be streamed over 3G networks, it is not a broadcast technology.
Financial and business terms. 2012.