What does steam mean?

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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"


  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

  10. Origin: [OE. stem, steem, vapor, flame, AS. stem vapor, smoke, odor; akin to D. stoom steam, perhaps originally, a pillar, or something rising like a pillar; cf. Gr. sty`ein to erect, sty^los a pillar, and E. stand.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steam

    stēm, n. the vapour of water—when dry, invisible and transparent like air, and not to be confused with the semi-liquid cloud which comes from the chimney of a locomotive; when superheated, changing the characteristics of a vapour for those belonging to what is known as a 'perfect gas:' the mist formed by condensed vapour: any vaporous exhalation: energy, force, spirit.—v.i. to rise or pass off in steam or vapour: to move by steam.—v.t. to expose to steam.—ns. Steam′boat, Steam′ship, Steam′-vess′el, a boat, ship, or vessel propelled by steam; Steam′-boil′er, a boiler for generating steam; Steam′-carriage, a carriage moved by steam on common roads; Steam′-chest, -dome, a chamber above a steam-boiler serving as a reservoir for steam; Steam′-crane, a crane worked by a steam-engine; Steam′-dig′ger, a machine for digging the soil by means of steam-power, the soil being thereby much more thoroughly pulverised than by ploughing; Steam′-en′gine, an engine or machine which changes heat into useful work through the medium of steam; Steam′er, a vessel moved by steam: a road-locomotive, &c.: a vessel in which articles are steamed; Steam′-gauge, an instrument for measuring the pressure of steam in a boiler; Steam′-gov′ernor, the governor of a steam-engine; Steam′-gun, a gun projecting a missile by means of steam; Steam′-hamm′er, a hammer consisting of a steam cylinder and piston placed vertically over an anvil, the hammer moved by the action of the steam; Steam′iness, the quality of being vaporous or misty; Steam′-jack′et, a hollow casing surrounding any vessel and into which steam may be admitted; Steam′-launch (see Launch); Steam′-navigā′tion, the propulsion of vessels by steam; Steam′-nav′vy, an excavator operated by steam in the making of docks, canals, &c.; Steam′-pack′et, a steam-vessel plying between certain ports; Steam′-pipe, a pipe for conveying steam; Steam′-plough, a plough or gang of ploughs worked by a steam-engine; Steam′-pow′er, the force of steam when applied to machinery; Steam′-press, a printing-press worked by steam; Steam′-print′ing, printing in which the presses are operated by steam; Steam′-trap, a contrivance for allowing the passage of water while preventing the passage of steam; Steam′-tug, a small steam-vessel used in towing ships; Steam′-whis′tle, an apparatus attached to a steam-engine through which steam is discharged, producing a sound in the manner of a common whistle.—adj. Steam′y, consisting of, or like, steam: full of steam or vapour.—n. Steam′-yacht, a yacht propelled by steam. [A.S. steám; cog. with Dut. stoom.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Steam

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

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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

Anagrams for steam »

  1. AEMTs, mates, meats, satem, Satem, tames, teams

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of steam in a Sentence

  1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.

  2. Raymond Yeung:

    There are signs the growth momentum is starting to lose steam.

  3. John Mason Good:

    Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.

  4. Eric LeVine:

    The best time to clean is when the grill is still hot so you get the steam action going.

  5. Michael Manga:

    There are all kinds of pathways and cracks, all kinds of places where steam can accumulate.

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