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stream,

general term applied to all bodies of water flowing in channels regardless of their size. See riverriver,
stream of water larger than a brook or creek. Land surfaces are never perfectly flat, and as a result the runoff after precipitation tends to flow downward by the shortest and steepest course in depressions formed by the intersection of slopes.
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inundation of land by the rise and overflow of a body of water. Floods occur most commonly when water from heavy rainfall, from melting ice and snow, or from a combination of these exceeds the carrying capacity of the river system, lake, or the like into which it runs.
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Stream

 

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.

stream

[strēm]
(computer science)
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.
(hydrology)
A body of running water moving under the influence of gravity to lower levels in a narrow, clearly defined natural channel.

stream

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).

stream

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

STREAM

(1)
["STREAM: A Scheme Language for Formally Describing Digital Circuits", C.D. Kloos in PARLE: Parallel Architectures and Languages Europe, LNCS 259, Springer 1987].

stream

(communications)
An abstraction 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.

stream

(programming)
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)
Confusingly, Sun have called their modular device driver mechanism "STREAMS".

stream

(operating system)
In IBM's AIX operating system, a stream is a full-duplex processing and data transfer path between a driver in kernel space and a process in user space.

[IBM AIX 3.2 Communication Programming Concepts, SC23-2206-03].

stream

(communications)

stream

(programming)

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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He spoke and bounded forward, and with him went Umslopogaas, and after him streamed the ghost-wolves.
The walls of the apartment were so ill finished and so full of crevices, that the rich hangings shook in the night blast, and, in despite of a sort of screen intended to protect them from the wind, the flame of the torches streamed sideways into the air, like the unfurled pennon of a chieftain.
In the slanting beams that streamed through the open doorway the dust danced and was golden.
One night there was a dreadful storm; it thundered and lightened and the rain streamed down in torrents.
The canon and the curate, however, prevented him, but the barber so contrived it that he got Don Quixote under him, and rained down upon him such a shower of fisticuffs that the poor knight's face streamed with blood as freely as his own.
Before long they streamed away singly, licking their lips.
The coiling uprush of smoke streamed across the sky, and through the rare tatters of that red canopy, remote as though they belonged to another universe, shone the little stars.
It seemed to me that the pit had been enlarged, and ever and again puffs of vivid green vapour streamed up and out of it towards the brightening dawn--streamed up, whirled, broke, and vanished.
The sweat streamed down his marble forehead, and his hand, under his coat, tore his breast.