Definitions for STEAMstim

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. water in the form of an invisible gas or vapor.

    Category: Physics

  2. water changed to this form by boiling, extensively used for the generation of mechanical power, for heating purposes, etc.

    Category: Physics

  3. the mist formed when the gas or vapor from boiling water condenses in the air.

  4. an exhalation of a vapor or mist.

  5. power or energy.

    Category: Informal

  6. (v.i.)to emit or give off steam or vapor.

  7. to rise or pass off in the form of steam or vapor.

  8. to become covered with condensed steam, as a window or other surface (often fol. by up).

  9. to generate or produce steam, as in a boiler.

  10. to move or travel by the agency of steam.

    Category: Transportation

  11. to move rapidly or evenly:

    He steamed out of the room.

  12. to be angry or show anger.

    Category: Informal

  13. (v.t.)to expose to or treat with steam, as in order to heat, cook, soften, or renovate.

  14. to emit or exhale (vapor, mist, etc.).

  15. to cause to become irked or angry (often fol. by up).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  16. to convey by the agency of steam:

    to steam the ship safely into port.

    Category: Transportation

  17. (adj.)employing or operated by steam:

    a steam radiator.

  18. conducting steam:

    a steam line.

  19. of or pertaining to steam.

  20. propelled by or propelling with a steam engine.

    Category: Transportation

Idioms for steam:

  1. blow or let off steam,to give vent to emotion or energy previously suppressed or contained, esp. by talking or acting unrestrainedly.

    Category: Informal, Idiom

Origin of steam:

bef. 1000; OE stēam, c. Fris steam, D stoom

Princeton's WordNet

  1. steam(verb)

    water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere

  2. steamer, steam(verb)

    travel by means of steam power

    "The ship steamed off into the Pacific"

  3. steam(verb)

    emit steam

    "The rain forest was literally steaming"

  4. steam(verb)

    rise as vapor

  5. steam(verb)

    get very angry

    "her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"

  6. steam, steam clean(verb)

    clean by means of steaming

    "steam-clean the upholstered sofa"

  7. steam(verb)

    cook something by letting steam pass over it

    "just steam the vegetables"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. steam(noun)stim

    vapor produced by boiling water

    steam rising from the pots; a steam engine

  2. steamstim

    to express how you feel or use your energy

    The kids ran around in the park for a while to let off steam.

  3. steam(verb)stim

    to cook food by placing it in steam

    I prefer to steam the vegetables.


  1. steam(Noun)

    The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.

  2. steam(Noun)

    Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.

  3. steam(Noun)

    Internal energy for motive power.

    After three weeks in bed he was finally able to sit up under his own steam.

  4. steam(Noun)

    Pent-up anger.

    Dad had to go outside to blow off some steam.

  5. steam(Noun)

    A steam-powered vehicle.

  6. steam(Noun)

    Travel by means of a steam-powered vehicle

  7. steam(Verb)

    To cook with steam

  8. steam(Verb)

    To produce or vent steam.

  9. steam(Verb)

    To become angry; to fume; to be incensed.

  10. steam(Verb)

    To make angry.

    It really steams me to see her treat him like that.

  11. steam(Verb)

    To be covered with condensed water vapor.

    With all the heavy breathing going on the windows were quickly steamed in the car.

  12. steam(Verb)

    To travel by means of steam power.

    We steamed around the Mediterranean.

  13. steam(Verb)

    To move with great or excessive purposefulness.

    If he heard of anyone picking the fruit he would steam off and lecture them.

  14. steam(Adjective)

    Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.

  15. Origin: staumaz, compare also Dutch stoom. Probably cognate with Albanian tështimë, pështym, both related to tym.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steam(noun)

    the elastic, aeriform fluid into which water is converted when heated to the boiling points; water in the state of vapor

  2. Steam(noun)

    the mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so called in popular usage

  3. Steam(noun)

    any exhalation

  4. Steam(verb)

    to emit steam or vapor

  5. Steam(verb)

    to rise in vapor; to issue, or pass off, as vapor

  6. Steam(verb)

    to move or travel by the agency of steam

  7. Steam(verb)

    to generate steam; as, the boiler steams well

  8. Steam(verb)

    to exhale

  9. Steam(verb)

    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


  1. Steam

    Steam is the technical term for water vapor, the gaseous phase of water, which is formed when water boils. Water vapor cannot be seen, though in common language it is often used to refer to the visible mist of water droplets formed as this water vapor condenses in the presence of cooler air. Strictly speaking, in terms of the chemistry and physics, true steam is invisible. At lower pressures, such as in the upper atmosphere or at the top of high mountains water boils at a lower temperature than the nominal 100 °C at standard temperature and pressure. If heated further it becomes superheated steam. The enthalpy of vaporization is the energy required to turn water into the gaseous form when it increases in volume by 1,600 times at standard temperature and pressure; this change in volume can be converted into mechanical work by steam engines and steam turbines. Steam engines played a central role to the Industrial Revolution and modern steam turbines are used to generate electricity. If liquid water comes in contact with a very hot substance it can create a steam explosion. Steam explosions have been responsible for many foundry accidents, and may also have been responsible for much of the damage to the plant in the Chernobyl accident.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Steam

    Water in its gaseous state. (From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STEAM' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3472

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STEAM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3989

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'STEAM' in Nouns Frequency: #1437

Translations for STEAM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a gas or vapour that rises from hot or boiling water or other liquid

Steam rose from the plate of soup / the wet earth in the hot sun; a cloud of steam; (also adjective) A sauna is a type of steam bath.

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