General English


  • noun technology that allows material to be downloaded from the Web and viewed at the same time. For example, a user can download enough of a multimedia file to start viewing or listening to it, while the rest of the file is downloaded in the background.



  • Transmission of information over a computer network, such as the Internet, in a manner which allows for accessing while the transmission is in progress. Once transmission begins, a given time interval is buffered in the receiving computer, and data may be accessed while the download is being completed. Used, for instance, for streaming video.