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Synonyms of 'stream'

(noun) 
Definition
a small river
a mountain stream
Synonyms
river
boating on the river
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brook
He threw the hatchet in the brook.
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creek (US)
Follow Austin Creek for a few miles.
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burn (Scottish)
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beck
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tributary
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bayou
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rivulet
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rill
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freshet
(noun) 
Definition
any steady flow of water or other liquid
a continuous stream of lava
Synonyms
flow
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
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current
The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
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rush
A rush of affection swept over him.
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run
The only try came against the run of play.
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course
a series of naval battles which altered the course of history
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drift
their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
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surge
The bridge was destroyed in a tidal surge during a storm.
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tide
They used to sail with the tide.
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torrent
A torrent of water rushed into the reservoir.
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outpouring
The news of his death produced an instant outpouring of grief.
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tideway
(noun) 
Definition
something that resembles a stream in moving continuously in a line or particular direction
a never-ending stream of jokes
Synonyms
succession
He took a succession of jobs which have stood him in good stead.
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series
a series of explosions
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flood
He received a flood of complaints.
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chain
a horrific chain of events
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battery
We give a battery of tests to each patient.
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volley
It's still not known how many died in the volleys of gunfire.
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avalanche
He was greeted with an avalanche of publicity.
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barrage
a barrage of angry questions from the floor
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torrent
He directed a torrent of abuse at me.
(noun) 
Definition
a class of school children grouped together because of similar ability
Examinations are used to choose which pupils will move into the top streams.
Synonyms
group
The recipes are divided into groups according to their main ingredients.
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grouping
There were two main political groupings pressing for independence.
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set
the popular watering hole for the literary set
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class
the relationship between different social classes
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division
Each was divided into several divisions.
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grade
Staff turnover is high among junior grades.
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category
The entries were organised into six different categories.
(verb) 
Definition
to pour in a continuous flow
Tears streamed down their faces.
Synonyms
flow
A stream flowed down into the valley.
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run
cisterns to catch rainwater as it ran off the walls
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pour
Blood was pouring from his broken nose.
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course
The tears coursed down his cheeks.
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issue
A tinny voice issued from a speaker.
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spill
When the bell rings, more than 1,000 children spill from the classrooms.
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emit
The stove emitted a cloud of evil-smelling smoke.
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cascade
A waterfall cascades down the cliff from the hills.
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gush
Piping hot water gushed out of the tap.
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spout
In a storm, water spouts out of the blowhole just like a whale.
(verb) 
Definition
(of a crowd of people or traffic or a herd of animals) to move in unbroken succession
The traffic streamed past him.
Synonyms
rush
Water rushes out of huge tunnels.
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fly
I flew downstairs.
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speed
The engine noise rises only slightly as I speed along.
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tear
The door flew open and she tore into the room.
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flood
Enquiries flooded in from all over the world.
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pour
The northern forces poured across the border.
(verb) 
Definition
to float freely or with a waving motion
She was wearing a flimsy pink dress that streamed out behind her.
Synonyms
float
Sublime music floats on a scented summer breeze.
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fly
A flag was flying on the new HQ.
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flap
Sheets flapped on the clothes line.
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flutter
It was silent except for the flags fluttering in the background.
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waft
The scent of roses wafted through the open window.
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of avalanche
Definition
a sudden or overwhelming quantity of anything
He was greeted with an avalanche of publicity.
Synonyms
large amount,
in the sense of barrage
Definition
a continuous delivery of questions, complaints, etc.
a barrage of angry questions from the floor
in the sense of battery
Definition
a number of similar things occurring together
We give a battery of tests to each patient.

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