2a continuous flow of liquid, air, or gas:Frank blew out a stream of smokethe blood gushed out in scarlet streams
a mass of people or things moving continuously in the same direction:there is a steady stream of visitors
a large number of things that happen or come one after the other:a woman screamed a stream of abuse
3 Computing a continuous flow of data or instructions, typically one having a constant or predictable rate.
a continuous flow of video and audio material relayed over the Internet.
4British a group in which schoolchildren of the same age and ability are taught:children in the top streams
1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (of liquid, air, gas, etc.) run or flow in a continuous current in a specified direction:she sat with tears streaming down her facesunlight streamed through the windows
(of a mass of people or things) move in a continuous flow in a specified direction:he was watching the taxis streaming past
[no object] run with tears, sweat, or other liquid:my eyes were streamingI woke up in the night, streaming with sweat [with object]:his mouth was streaming blood
[no object] (of hair, clothing, etc.) float or wave at full extent in the wind:her black cloak streamed behind her
2 [with object] (often as noun streaming) Computing relay (data, especially video and audio material) over the Internet as a steady, continuous flow.
3 [with object]British put (schoolchildren) in groups of the same age and ability to be taught together: (as noun streaming)streaming within comprehensive schools is common practice
against (or with) the stream
against (or with) the prevailing view or tendency:a world in which the demand for quality does not run against the stream
in or into operation or existence; available:more jobs are coming on stream