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live steam

[lahyv] /laɪv/
steam direct from the boiler and at full pressure, ready for use in work.
steam that has performed no work or only part of its work.
Origin of live steam
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By the error of another workman, live steam was turned into the boiler before the cleaners had left it.

    Heroes in Peace John Haynes Holmes
  • This cuts off the supply of live steam coming from the steam chest.

  • It is as essential to the successful working of an organized machine of humans as is live steam to the working of a cold engine.

    Manpower Lincoln Clarke Andrews
  • In Fig. 12 the conditions are reversed, and now live steam enters port G, and the exhaust passes out through port F.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • In Fig. 11 live steam has been entering port F, thus driving the piston to the right.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • Blanch these cubes for 10 to 15 minutes in live steam and cold-dip them quickly.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • The water is heated in part by live steam, in part by exhausts from steam engines.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • Both sputum cups and the large container holding sawdust are sterilized by live steam.

  • The skins then enter the tainting stove, and the operation is commenced by a slight injection of live steam.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Think of running right into that harbor and having a shell drop and smash your boiler and send the live steam all over you.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for live steam

live steam

steam supplied directly from a boiler at full pressure, before it has performed any work
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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