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A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or artificial, that is usually smaller than a lake.

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A stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and banks. Depending on its location or certain characteristics, a stream may be referred to as a bayou, beck, branch, brook, burn, creek, crick, ghyll, gill, kill, lick, mill race, race, rill, river, rivulet, run, runnel, streamage, syke, or wash.

STREAMS A collection of {system calls}, {kernel} resources, and kernel utility routines that can create, use, and dismantle a {stream}. A "stream head" provides the interface between the stream and the user processes. Its principal function is to process STREAMS-related user system calls. A "stream module" processes data that travel bewteen the stream head and driver. The "stream end" provides the services of an external input/output device or an internal software driver. The internal software driver is commonly called a {pseudo-device} driver. The STREAMS concept has been formalised in {Unix} {System V}. For example, {SVR4} implements {sockets} and {pipes} using STREAMS, resulting in pipe(2) openning bidirectional pipes. [IBM AIX 3.2 Communication Programming Concepts, SC23-2206-03]. (1999-06-29)

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  • streams: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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