n. A course of running water; a river, rivulet, or brook.n. A steady current in a river or in the sea; especially, the middle or most rapid part of a current or tide: as, to row against the stream; the Gulf Stream.n. A flow; a flowing; that which flows in or out, as a liquid or a fluid, air or light.n. Anything issuing from a source and moving or flowing continuously: as, a stream of words; a stream of sand; a stream of people.n. A continued course or current; the course or current of affairs or events; current; drift.n. A rift: so called by English anglers.n. Synonyms andn. Stream, Current, Eddy. All rivers and brooks are streams, and have currents. An eddy is a counter-current, a current contrary to the main direction.To move or run in a continuous current; flow continuously. See streaming, n., 2.To move or proceed continuously and uniformly, or in unbroken succession.To pour out a stream; also, to throw off a stream from the surface: as, streaming eyes; a streaming umbrella.To move swiftly and continuously, as a ray of light; streak.To stretch out in a line; hang or float at full length: as, streaming hair.To discharge in a stream; cause to flow; pour out.To cause to float out; wave.To stripe or ray. See streaming, a.In mining, to wash, as the superficial detritus, especially that accumulated in the beds of rivers, for the purpose of separating any valuable ore which it may contain. See placer.In dyeing, to wash in running water, as silk, before putting in the dye.