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Etymology Edit

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

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

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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; a tape drive.
  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. (television, Internet) A subscription service that streams content to an audience.
    Coordinate term: broadcaster
    • 2016 February 23, Jason Mittell, “Why Netflix Doesn’t Release Its Ratings”, in The Atlantic[1], retrieved 2022-11-01:
      For starters, the business models for American broadcasters like NBC and streamers like Netflix (or Hulu, or Amazon) are drastically different.
  7. (Internet) A person who streams activities on their computer (especially video gaming) to a live online audience.
    Hypernym: creator
    Most streamers are on Twitch
    • 2020 December 18, Taylor Lorenz, “In 2020, These Things Came Out on Top”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      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.
  8. (fishing) In fly fishing, a variety of wet fly designed to mimic a minnow.
  9. (mining) One who searches for stream tin.
  10. A stream or column of light shooting upward from the horizon, constituting one of the forms of the aurora borealis.
  11. (UK, education, in combination) A pupil belonging to a particular stream (division by perceived ability).
    • 1984, Anthony Gale, Antony J. Chapman, Psychology and Social Problems, page 82:
      Since he also demonstrated that the A-streamers in his sample showed enhancement of measured intelligence over their primary school careers while the B-streamers showed deterioration, it can be seen what a far-reaching effect such decisions may have had upon child performance.

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