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An ensign or flag; a pennon extended or flowing in the wind; a poetic use of the word. Brave Rupert from afar appears, / Whose waving streamers the glad general knows. – Dryden. Auroral streamer, a luminous beam or column; one of the forms of the Aurora Borealis.


  1. Flowing; running in a current.
  2. Emitting; pouring out in abundance; as, streaming eyes.
  3. Flowing; floating loosely; as a flag.


A small stream; a rivulet; a rill. – Thomson.


Particles or masses of tin found beneath the surface of alluvial ground. – Encyc.


  1. Abounding with running water. Arcadia, / However streamy now, adust and dry, / Denied the goddess water. – Prior.
  2. Flowing with a current or streak. His nodding helm emits a streamy ray. – Pope.

STREEK, v.t. [Sax. streccan, to stretch.]

To lay out, as a dead body. [Not in use.] Brand.

STREET, n. [Sax. stræte, strete; G. strasse; D. straat; Sw. strät; Dan. stræde; Ir. sraid; W. ystryd; It. strada; Sp. estrada; L. stratum, from stratus, strewed or spread. See Strew.]

  1. Properly, a paved way or road; but in usage, any way or road in a city, chiefly a main way, in distinction from a lane or alley.
  2. Among the people of New England, any public highway.
  3. Streets, plural, any public way, road or place. That there be no complaining in our streets. – Ps. cxliv.

STREET-WALK-ER, n. [street and walk.]

A common prostitute that offers herself to sale in the streets.

STREET-WARD, n. [street and ward.]

Formerly, an officer who had the care of the streets. – Cowel.


Strictly. [Obs.] [See Strait.]


A narrow. [Obs.] [See Strait.]


Race; offspring. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

STRENGTH, n. [Sax. strength, from streng, strong. See Strong.]

  1. That property or quality of an animal body by which is enabled to move itself or other bodies. We say, a sick man has not strength to walk, or to raise his head or his arm. We say, a man has strength to lift a weight, or to draw it. This quality is called also power and force. Bu force is also used to denote the effect of strength exerted, or the quantity of motion. Strength in this sense, is positive, or the power of producing positive motion or action, and is opposed to weakness.
  2. Firmness; solidity or toughness; the quality of bodies by which they sustain the application of force without breaking or yielding. Thus we speak of the strength of bone, the strength of a beam, the strength of a wall, the strength of a rope. In this sense, strength is a passive quality, and is opposed to weakness or frangibility.
  3. Power or vigor of any kind. This act / Shall crush the strength of Satan. – Milton. Strength there must be either of love or war. – Holyday.
  4. Power of resisting attacks; fastness; as, the strength of a castle or fort.
  5. Support; that which supports; that which supplies strength; security. God is our refuge and strength. – Ps. xlvi.
  6. Power of mind; intellectual force; the power of any faculty; as, strength of memory; strength of reason; strength of judgment.
  7. Spirit; animation. Methinks I feel new strength within me rise. – Milton.
  8. Force of writing; vigor; nervous diction. The strength of words, of style, of expression and the like, consists in the full and forcible exhibition of ideas, by which a sensible or deep impression is made on the mind of a hearer or reader. It is distinguished from softness or sweetness. Strength of language enforces an argument, produces conviction, or excites wonder or other strong emotion; softness and sweetness give pleasure. And praise the easy vigor of a line, / Where Denham's strength and Waller's sweetness join. – Pope.
  9. Vividness; as, strength of colors or coloring.
  10. Spirit; the quality of any liquor which has the power of affecting the taste, or of producing sensible effects on other bodies; as, the strength of wine or spirit; the strength of an acid.
  11. The virtue or spirit of any vegetable, or of its juices or qualities.
  12. Legal or moral force; validity; the quality of binding, uniting or securing; as, the strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of law; the strength of public opinion or custom.
  13. Vigor; natural force; as, the strength of natural affection.
  14. That which supports; confidence. The allies, after a successful summer, are too apt upon the strength of it to neglect preparation for the ensuing campaign. – Addison.
  15. Amount of force, military or naval; an army or navy; number of troops or ships well appointed. What is the strength of the enemy by land, or by sea?
  16. Soundness; force; the quality that convinces, persuades or commands assent; the strength of an argument or of reasoning; the strength of evidence.
  17. Vehemence; force proceeding from motion and proportioned to it; as, the strength of wind or a current of water.
  18. Degree of brightness or vividness; as, the strength of light.
  19. Fortification; fortress; as, an inaccessible strength. [Not in use.] – Milton.
  20. Support; maintenance of power. What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths. [Not used.] – Sprat.


To strengthen. [Not in use.]


To grow strong or stronger. The disease that shall destroy at length, / Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength. – Pope.

STRENGTH'EN, v.t. [strength'n.]

  1. To make strong or stronger; to add strength to, either physical, legal or moral; as, to strengthen a limb; to strengthen an obligation.
  2. To confirm; to establish; as, to strengthen authority.
  3. To animate; to encourage; to fix in resolution. Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him. – Deut. iii.
  4. To cause to increase in power or security. Let noble Warwick, Cobham and the rest, / With powerful policy strengthen themselves. – Shak.


Made strong or stronger; confirmed.


  1. That which increases strength, physical or moral.
  2. In medicine, something which, taken into the system, increases vital energy and strength of action.


Increasing strength, physical or moral; confirming; animating.


  1. Wanting strength; destitute of power.
  2. Wanting spirit. [Little used.]

STREN'U-OUS, a. [L. strenuus; It. strenuo; W. tren, force, also impetuous. The sense is pressing, straining or rushing forward.]

  1. Eagerly pressing or urgent; zealous; ardent; as, a strenuous advocate for national rights; a strenuous opposer of African slavery.
  2. Bold and active; valiant, intrepid and ardent; as, a strenuous defender of his country.


  1. With eager and pressing zeal; ardently.
  2. Boldly; vigorously; actively.


Eagerness; earnestness; active zeal; ardor in pursuit of an object, or in opposition to a measure.

STREP'ENT, a. [L. strepens, strepo.]

Noisy; loud. [Little used.] – Shenstone.

STREP'ER-OUS, a. [L. strepo.]

Loud; boisterous. [Little used.]