[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'.
(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. . Vapor (especially of water).. Mist, fume, reek, smoke, exhalation, effluvium.
v. n. . Emit vapor.. Evaporate, pass off in vapor.. 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.
- It is also said that one man to-day, with the aid of a steam engine, performs the work of 120 men in the last century. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- I am sufficiently well off to keep a hundred and fifty ton steam yacht, which is at present lying at Southampton, ready to start when I wish. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- The boiler was tubular, and the exhaust steam was carried into the chimney by a pipe in front of the smoke stack as shown. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- In the hydraulic form of elevator, a motor worked by water is employed to lift the car, although steam power is also employed to raise the water. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- Heating by the circulation of hot water through pipes was also originated or revived during the 18th century, and a short time before Watt's circulation of steam. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- This was a very primitive device, requiring several minutes for the engine to make one stroke, but it was the beginning of the practical use of steam as a motive power. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- Then came Julius Griffith, in 1821, of Brompton, who patented a steam carriage which was built by Joseph Bramah, one of the ablest mechanics of his time. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- As they steamed nearer to the derelict they were surprised to note that it was the same vessel that had run from them a few weeks earlier. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- We steamed down to the foot of the harbor and came to anchor. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- On the hob, a kettle steamed; on the hearth, a cat reposed. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Equipped with engine and machinery it steamed out of New York Harbour on the 27th day of March, 1819, and successfully reached Savannah, Georgia. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- On taking his leave, Mr Pancks, when he had shaken hands with Clennam, worked completely round him before he steamed out at the door. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- I think the cup of water on the burning log only steamed the ants. 欧内斯特·海明威. 永别了,武器.
- Sometimes they cut spiral strips from the curving horns of a mountain sheep, and steamed them straight. 佚名. 神奇的知识之书.
- The cab and the landau with their steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯历险记.
- Separate the paper print from the background or card by steaming it, after which dry thoroughly. 威廉K.戴维. 智者、化学家和伟大医生的秘密.
- The cattle came upon me with like suddenness, staring out of their eyes, and steaming out of their nostrils, Halloa, young thief! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 远大前程.
- The next morning, when Archer got out of the Fall River train, he emerged upon a steaming midsummer Boston. 伊迪丝·华顿. 纯真年代.
- He wheeled round upon his stool, with a steaming test-tube in his hand, and a gleam of amusement in his deep-set eyes. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Bob's reappearance with a steaming jug broke off the conversation. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- On a steaming, misty afternoon, Mr. Lorry sat at his desk, and Charles Darnay stood leaning on it, talking with him in a low voice. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- In cold weather, when there is a roaring fire in the range, the water frequently becomes so hot that it steams out of open faucets. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- The air was like sulphur-steams--I could find no refreshment anywhere. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 简·爱.
- One only steams ahead toward the mark. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.