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From Middle English stremer, stremere, equivalent to stream +‎ -er.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɹiːmə(ɹ)/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːmə(ɹ)


streamer (plural streamers)

  1. A long, narrow flag, or piece of material used or seen as a decoration.
  2. Strips of paper or other material used as confetti.
  3. (journalism) A newspaper headline that runs along the top of a page.
  4. (computing) A data storage system, mainly used to produce backups, in which large quantities of data are transferred to a continuously moving tape.
  5. (networking) Any mechanism for streaming data.
    • 2004, Cevdet Aykanat, Tugrul Dayar, Ibrahim Korpeoglu, Computer and Information Sciences - ISCIS 2004: 19th International Symposium (page 157)
      However, integration of a bandwidth estimation algorithm into an adaptive video streamer is not an easy task. Firstly, bandwidth estimation requires sending extra burst packets that brings a considerable overhead into the system.
  6. (Internet) A person who streams activities on their computer (especially video gaming) to a live online audience.
    Hypernym: creator
    • 2020 December 18, Taylor Lorenz, “In 2020, These Things Came Out on Top”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      There was perhaps no group of creators more prepared for the horrors of 2020 than streamers. Sitting in front of their cameras, often alone, talking for hours to the camera is what they do, and many are excellent at it.
  7. (fishing) In fly fishing, a variety of wet fly designed to mimic a minnow.
  8. (mining) One who searches for stream tin.
  9. A stream or column of light shooting upward from the horizon, constituting one of the forms of the aurora borealis.


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