steam


steam
steam [stēm]
n.
[ME steme < OE steam, akin to Du stoom, WFris steam]
1. Obs. a vapor, fume, or exhalation
2.
a) water as converted into an invisible vapor or gas by being heated to the boiling point; vaporized water: it is used for heating, cooking, cleaning, and, under pressure, as a source of power
b) the power supplied by steam under pressure
c) Informal driving force; vigor; energy
3. condensed water vapor, seen as the mist condensed on windows or in the air above boiling water
adj.
1. using steam; heated, operated, propelled, etc. by steam
2. containing or conducting steam [a steam pipe]
3. treated with, or exposed to the action of, steam
vi.
1. to give off steam or a steamlike vapor, esp. condensed water vapor
2. to rise or be given off as steam
3. to become covered with condensed steam, as a window: usually with up
4. to generate steam
5. to move or travel by or as if by steam power
6. Informal to seethe with anger, vexation, etc.; fume
vt.
1. to treat with, or expose to the action of, steam; cook, soften, remove, open, etc. by using steam
2. to give off (vapor) or emit as steam
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let off steam or blow off steam
Informal to express strong feeling; release pent-up emotion
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steam up
Informal to make excited or angry

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