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[streem-lahynd] /ˈstrimˌlaɪnd/
having a contour designed to offer the least possible resistance to a current of air, water, etc.; optimally shaped for motion or conductivity.
designed or organized to give maximum efficiency; compact.
modernized; up-to-date.
Origin of streamlined
1890-95; streamline + -ed2
Related forms
unstreamlined, adjective


[streem-lahyn] /ˈstrimˌlaɪn/
a teardrop line of contour offering the least possible resistance to a current of air, water, etc.
the path of a particle that is flowing steadily and without turbulence in a fluid past an object.
verb (used with object), streamlined, streamlining.
to make streamlined.
to alter in order to make more efficient or simple.
1870-75; stream + line1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for streamlined
  • No matter how sleek and streamlined the aircraft, the human pilot couldn't put out enough power.
  • With a streamlined, brushed-for-softness waistband and a sleek, contoured fit.
  • streamlined and strong-boned, they're proficient submariners.
  • They come home and receive the same ceremonies that the ancients did, but they've been streamlined somewhat.
  • Combine organic and architectural elements for streamlined elegance.
  • streamlined vessels for bathing products help maintain the calm simplicity of the room.
  • He installed new appliances in the kitchen but kept to a streamlined, minimalist aesthetic.
  • Over the years, plans and preparations have been streamlined to accommodate tight schedules.
  • Anchor a crisp navy- and-white decorating scheme with a pair of streamlined armchairs.
  • It's streamlined from the inside out with a modernity that is more than surface deep.
British Dictionary definitions for streamlined


offering or designed to offer the minimum resistance to the flow of a gas or liquid
made more efficient, esp by simplifying


a contour on a body that offers the minimum resistance to a gas or liquid flowing around it
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)
to make streamlined
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Word Origin and History for streamlined



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."


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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streamlined in Science
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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streamlined 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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