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1. a stream of light, esp one appearing in some forms of the aurora
2. Computing another word for tape streamer



a narrow, luminous channel formed within a gas in an electric field at pressures that are close to and above atmospheric in the stage preceding the electrical breakdown of the gas. Upon formation, a streamer lengthens at great velocity (~106 m/sec), a velocity several times higher than that of the charged particles between the electrodes. This speed is explained by the photo-ionization that occurs in the strong electric field created by the space charge near the advancing tip of the streamer. In their structure, streamers are similar in many respects to leaders in lightning discharges.


Raether, H. Elektronnye laviny i proboi v gazakh. Moscow, 1968. (Translated from English.)



A sinuous channel of very high ion-density which propagates itself through a gas by continual establishment of an electron avalanche just ahead of its advancing tip; in lightning discharges, the stepped leader, and return streamer all constitute special types of streamers.


i. A unit of illumination for intensity equal approximately to the luminous intensity of a 7/8-in sperm candle burning at 120 grains.
ii. The failure of a parachute to deploy because the rigging lines are fouled. Also called a cigarette or a streamer.


A device that transmits music or video from the Internet or the home network to a stereo or home theater. The term streamer may refer to a distribution device only (see digital media hub) or to equipment that stores the content (see digital media server and network music player). See streaming stick.
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It is not clear if the efforts were in some way organized, though it would be quite the coincidence for three major streamers to be hit with similar hacks in such a small time frame.
For those of you who don't know what stream-snipers are, they locate streamers in-game (could be any game) by watching their live stream and queuing up or logging in only when they do.
Under certain conditions described above, there is a corona discharge and streamers, which subsequently grow into a leader facing the lightning.
Game streamers are entertainers and personalities who build their viewership and fan bases by being relatable.
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Streamers, or broadcasters, use Twitch and YouTube Gaming to live-stream as they play their favorite games, while other gamers watch and enjoy.
The pressures caused by the loss of longtime investors and the impact of the Copyright Royalty Board decision, which raised royalty rates for pureplay streamers at the beginning of the year, are factors.
This innovative solution enables us to deliver improved data density with less vessel passes per survey area and in some cases with less streamers in the water all of which minimizes the operational exposure for our crew as well as the exposure to our environment.
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A proposed Manila city ordinance that bans posters and streamers on lampposts, trees, utility cables and other public fixtures would certainly be applauded by urban renewal advocates.
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to get them thinking, children can be encouraged to write messages on streamers that fly in the wind.