- 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 to users while they listen to or watch it. 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 wired or wireless network connection is used. Unlike downloading files, which remain in the computer until the user deletes them, streaming content is automatically deleted from the computer by the operating system at some point after it is played or watched. Streaming Vs. Downloading Vs. Transmitting Streaming means storing files temporarily while the user plays the music and watches the movie. "Downloading" means storing files for use at any time in the future. However, since there are apps that can save streamed content being rendered in the computer, and some set-top boxes may allow streamed content to be stored like a DVR, the distinction between streaming and downloading is often blurred. Because streamed content is transmitted over the network, in practice, streaming has become a synonym for downloading and transmitting. See stream, streaming audio, streaming video, adaptive streaming and home theater streaming.