The ground is dry, streamless, hard-baked and cracked, and shows a nitrous efflorescence in many places.
The Murray in February is a streamless ditch, which in America, if known and named at all, would rank as a tenth-rate river.
Old English stream "a course of water," from Proto-Germanic *straumaz (cf. Old Saxon strom, Old Norse straumr, Danish strøm, Swedish ström, Norwegian straum, Old Frisian stram, Dutch stroom, Old High German stroum, German Strom "current, river"), from PIE root *sreu- "flow" (see rheum). Meaning "current in the sea" (e.g. Gulf Stream) is recorded from late 14c. Stream of consciousness in lit crit first recorded 1931, originally in psychology (1855).
early 13c., from stream (n.). Related: Streamed; streaming.