- a method of sequentially transmitting an audio or video presentation, as over the Internet: the data is playable as it is being received, rather than only after it is completely downloaded
- Educ., Chiefly Brit. the practice of classifying students according to ability and placing them in groups with distinct curricula, career expectations, etc.; tracking
- Present participle of stream.
(comparative more streaming, superlative most streaming)
- that streams
(usually uncountable, plural streamings)
streaming - Computer Definition
Transmitting digital audio or video content while users listen or watch. Material can be streamed from a private network or the public Internet, the latter now the streaming capital of the world. To the user, streaming is the same as listening to radio or watching cable, satellite or broadcast TV, except that a connection to the Internet is required. Like cable and satellite TV, content can be streamed on demand or from regularly scheduled programs. Unlike downloading files, which remain in the computer until the user deletes them, streaming content is automatically deleted from the computer, set-top box or smart TV at some point after being played. Streaming, Downloading and Transmitting Because streamed content is actually being downloaded (if only temporarily), and downloading means transmitting to the user's device, the term streaming is often erroneously used as a synonym for downloading, as well as any kind of transmission. See stream, streaming audio, streaming video, adaptive streaming and home theater streaming.