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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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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.
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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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.