stream down meaning, stream down definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( streams    plural & 3rd person present)   ( streaming    present participle)   ( streamed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A stream is a small narrow river.  
There was a small stream at the end of the garden., ...a mountain stream.     
2       n-count   A stream of smoke, air, or liquid is a narrow moving mass of it.  
with supp, usu N of n  
He breathed out a stream of cigarette smoke..., Add the oil in a slow, steady stream.     
3       n-count   A stream of vehicles or people is a long moving line of them.  
with supp, usu N of n  
There was a stream of traffic behind him.     
4       n-count   A streamof things is a large number of them occurring one after another.  
with supp, usu N of n  
We had a constant stream of visitors.     
5       verb   If a liquid streams somewhere, it flows or comes out in large amounts.  
Tears streamed down their faces...      V prep/adv  
She came in, rain streaming from her clothes and hair.      V prep/adv  
6       verb   If your eyes are streaming, liquid is coming from them, for example because you have a cold. You can also say that your nose is streaming.  
usu cont  
Her eyes were streaming now from the wind...      V  
A cold usually starts with a streaming nose and dry throat.      V-ing  
7       verb   If people or vehicles stream somewhere, they move there quickly and in large numbers.  
Refugees have been streaming into Travnik for months...      V prep/adv  
8       verb   When light streams into or out of a place, it shines strongly into or out of it.  
Sunlight was streaming into the courtyard.      V prep/adv  
9    If something such as a new factory or a new system comes on stream or is brought on stream, it begins to operate or becomes available.  
on stream      phrase   usu V PHRASE  
As new mines come on stream, Chile's share of world copper output will increase sharply...     
    jet stream  

jet stream        ( jet streams    plural  ) The jet stream is a very strong wind that blows high in the earth's atmosphere and has an important influence on the weather.      n-count  
stream of consciousness        ( streams of consciousness    plural  ) , stream-of-consciousness   If you describe what someone writes or says as a stream of consciousness, you mean that it expresses their thoughts as they occur, rather than in a structured way.  
FORMAL      n-var   oft N n  
The novel is an intensely lyrical stream-of-consciousness about an Indian woman who leaves her family home to be married...     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
calm down!
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
metaphoric expression for getting married
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
participant-driven meeting with no predefined agenda as opposed to high-price, top-down and formal conferences


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