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streamline

[streem-lahyn] /ˈstrimˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a teardrop line of contour offering the least possible resistance to a current of air, water, etc.
2.
the path of a particle that is flowing steadily and without turbulence in a fluid past an object.
verb (used with object), streamlined, streamlining.
3.
to make streamlined.
4.
to alter in order to make more efficient or simple.
adjective
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; stream + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for streamline

streamline

/ˈstriːmˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a contour on a body that offers the minimum resistance to a gas or liquid flowing around it
2.
an imaginary line in a fluid such that the tangent at any point indicates the direction of the velocity of a particle of the fluid at that point
verb (transitive)
3.
to make streamlined
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Word Origin and History for streamline
n.

1868, "line drawn from point to point, so that its direction is everywhere that of the motion of the fluid" [Lamb, "Hydrodynamics," 1906], from stream (n.) + line (n.). The adjective is attested from 1898, "free from turbulence," 1907 in sense of "shaped so that the flow around it is smooth."

v.

1913, "give a streamline form to," from streamline (n.). From 1936 in the extended sense of "simplify and organize." Related: Streamlined; streamlining.

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streamline in Science
streamline
  (strēm'līn')   
To construct or reconstruct an object to reduce the amount of drag it undergoes as it moves through a fluid, especially air or water.
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streamline in Culture

streamline definition


The line traced by a liquid or gas as it moves. Streamlines are most commonly used in describing the flow of a liquid or gas around a solid object.

Note: A “streamlined” design is one in which objects that move through a gas or liquid are shaped to match these lines, and therefore reduce the energy required to produce that motion.
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