general term applied to all bodies of water flowing in channels regardless of their size. See river
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a term designating all flowing bodies of water, including rivers, mountain streams, brooks formed by rain storms and thaws, and channels, regardless of size and origin. Streams flow over more or less erodable soils, forming a bed or channel. The characteristics of the channel depend on the specific features of the stream, including flow rate, flow velocities, and slope, and also on the properties of the soil. A stream is characterized by fluviomorphological processes, which cause the channel to meander.
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A collection of binary digits that are transmitted in a continuous sequence, and from which extraneous data such as control information or parity bits are excluded.
A body of running water moving under the influence of gravity to lower levels in a narrow, clearly defined natural channel.
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i. To deploy the tail chute. Normally, it is used as an instruction on a radio telephone to “stream the tail chute.”
ii. To dispense chaff as solid. It may be dispensed at random intervals or in bursts.
iii. To take off or land in stream (i.e., one after at another in approximately equal intervals).
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1. a small river; brook
2. Brit any of several parallel classes of schoolchildren, or divisions of children within a class, grouped together because of similar ability
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["STREAM: A Scheme Language for Formally Describing Digital
Circuits", C.D. Kloos in PARLE: Parallel Architectures and
Languages Europe, LNCS 259, Springer 1987].
referring to any flow of
data from a source (or sender, producer) to a single sink (or
receiver, consumer). A stream usually flows through a channel
of some kind, as opposed to packets which may be addressed
and routed independently, possibly to multiple recipients.
Streams usually require some mechanism for establishing a
channel or a "connection
" between the sender and receiver.
In the C
language's buffered input/ouput
library functions, a stream is associated with a file or
device which has been opened using fopen. Characters may be
read from (written to) a stream without knowing their actual
source (destination) and buffering is provided transparently
by the library routines.
stream (operating system)
stream (operating system)
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stream(1) To transmit live or on-demand audio or video content while users listen or watch. This was the original meaning of the term; however, it has evolved to become a synonym for "transmit" and is used to refer to transmitting wired or wireless from any source to a destination. See streaming.
(2) The continuous flow of data from one place to another.
(3) Any contiguous group of bytes or chunk/block of data.
(4) The I/O management in the C programming language. A stream is a channel through which data flows to/from a disk, keyboard, printer, etc.
(5) The data part of a Structured Storage file. See Structured Storage.
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