[stiːm] or [stim]


(noun.) water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere.

(verb.) cook something by letting steam pass over it; 'just steam the vegetables'.

(verb.) clean by means of steaming; 'steam-clean the upholstered sofa'.

(verb.) get very angry; 'her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man'.

(verb.) rise as vapor.

(verb.) emit steam; 'The rain forest was literally steaming'.

校对:潘西--From WordNet


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

(n.) The mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so called in popular usage.

(n.) Any exhalation.

(v. i.) To emit steam or vapor.

(v. i.) To rise in vapor; to issue, or pass off, as vapor.

(v. i.) To move or travel by the agency of steam.

(v. i.) To generate steam; as, the boiler steams well.

(v. t.) To exhale.

(v. t.) 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.



n. [1]. Vapor (especially of water).[2]. Mist, fume, reek, smoke, exhalation, effluvium.

v. n. [1]. Emit vapor.[2]. Evaporate, pass off in vapor.[3]. Navigate (by means of steam), plough the deep, plough the waves.



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.





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