- IPA: /stiːm/
- The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.
- Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.
- (figuratively) Internal energy for motive power.
- After three weeks in bed he was finally able to sit up under his own steam.
- (figuratively) Pent-up anger.
- Dad had to go outside to blow off some steam.
- A steam-powered vehicle.
- Travel by means of a steam-powered vehicle.
- (obsolete) Any exhalation.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
- a steam of rich, distilled perfumes
- (fencing) Fencing without the use of any electric equipment.
- (a steam-powered vehicle) steamer
- (fencing) electric
- French: vapeur d'eau, vapeur
- German: Wasserdampf, Dampf
- Italian: vapore
- Portuguese: vapor
- Russian: пар
- Spanish: vapor
steam (steams, present participle steaming; past and past participle steamed)
- (cooking, transitive) To cook with steam.
- The best way to cook artichokes is to steam them.
- (transitive) To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing.
- to steam wood or cloth
- (intransitive) To produce or vent steam.
- My brother's ghost hangs hovering there, / O'er his warm blood, that steams into the air.
- (intransitive) To rise in vapour; to issue, or pass off, as vapour.
- Our breath steamed in the cold winter air.
- The dissolved amber […] steamed away into the air.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To become angry; to fume; to be incensed.
- (transitive, figuratively) To make angry.
- It really steams me to see her treat him like that.
- (intransitive) To be covered with condensed water vapor.
- With all the heavy breathing going on the windows were quickly steamed in the car.
- (intransitive) To travel by means of steam power.
- We steamed around the Mediterranean.
- The vessel steamed out of port.
- (figuratively or literally) To move with great or excessive purposefulness.
- If he heard of anyone picking the fruit he would steam off and lecture them.
- (obsolete) To exhale.
- See also Thesaurus:cook
steam (not comparable)
- Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.
- Initialism of serial time-encoded amplified microscopy
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- STEM science, technology, engineering, mathematics
- STEMM science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing