Definitions of steam

  1. emit steam; " The rain forest was literally steaming"
  2. water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
  3. cook something by letting steam pass over it; " just steam the vegetables"
  4. get very angry; " her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"
  5. travel by means of steam power; " The ship steamed off into the Pacific"
  6. rise as vapor
  7. clean by means of steaming; " steam- clean the upholstered sofa"
  8. The elastic, aeriform fluid into which water is converted when heated to the boiling points; water in the state of vapor.
  9. The mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so called in popular usage.
  10. Any exhalation.
  11. To emit steam or vapor.
  12. To rise in vapor; to issue, or pass off, as vapor.
  13. To move or travel by the agency of steam.
  14. To generate steam; as, the boiler steams well.
  15. To exhale.
  16. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing; as, to steam wood; to steamcloth; to steam food, etc.
  17. Vapor into which water is changed when boiling; the visible mist of condensed water; vapor.
  18. To throw off steam; as, the soup steams in the kettle; rise or pass off in steam; as, moisture steams from the earth; move by steam; as, the vessel steamed out of the harbor.
  19. To treat or cook with steam; as, to steam a pudding.
  20. Steamy.
  21. The vapor into which water is changed when heated to the boiling- point, water in the gaseous state: the mist formed by condensed vapor: any exhalation.
  22. To rise or pass off in steam or vapor: to move by steam.
  23. To expose to steam.
  24. To rise in vapor; throw off vapor; move by steam.
  25. Vapor of boiling water; any exhalation.
  26. To cook or otherwise affect by steam.
  27. To make, give off, or send out steam.
  28. Water in the form of vapor.
  29. Any vaporous exhalation.
  30. The vapour of water, or the elastic gaseous fluid generated by heating water to the boiling point; the mist formed by vapour when condensing; any exhalation.
  31. To expose to steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing.
  32. To rise or pass off in steam; to send off visible vapour; to move by steam.
  33. The vapour of water produced by heating it to the boiling- point; the vapour of water employed as a motive power.
  34. To apply steam to; to expose to steam; to give off vapour.

Usage examples for steam

  1. " Just to keep things going till your steam- engine is ready? – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. " There's mighty little steam here- hardly enough to move her," said Fitzhugh from the cab, stirring the fire. – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  3. Such an occurrence had, however, taken place, and the writer seemed to think it might require a steam- engine and pump to keep it clear, involving a delay of several months. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  4. Now you've blown off steam and are more comfortable again let's say no more about it. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford
  5. " There aren't any," he answered; " it goes by steam." – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  6. The first steam vessel- of- war in the world. – Inventors by Philip Gengembre Hubert
  7. Work hard, and let off steam to me when you feel particularly blue. – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  8. " See that the steam is well up, so that we can move off in good time if we find it necessary to get under way," continued Christy. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  9. The hand of man is now too slow for the demands of his curiosity, but the power of steam comes to his assistance. – On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures by Charles Babbage
  10. You know that steam is strong. – Peter and Polly in Winter by Rose Lucia
  11. Meanwhile, my clothes commenced to steam. – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  12. How long is this steam going to be? – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  13. Put on steam, too." – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  14. You start in fresh and go like steam. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  15. No, Ruby; no, lad, you must change yer clothes first, said the smith, in a tone of authority; why, the fire makes you steam like a washin' biler. – The Lighthouse by Robert Ballantyne
  16. We are stopping and standing by, although the heat is intense and clouds of steam are rising from the sea. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  17. It was decided to steam along on the open sea until the exact nautical position desired was reached. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  18. This power was akin to steam. – The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines by Hezekiah Butterworth