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.



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Origin of live steam

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for live steam

  • He peeled off the helmet and unzipped the suit which was reaching the thermal levels of a live-steam bath.

    Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen

British Dictionary definitions for live steam

live steam
/ (laɪv) /


steam supplied directly from a boiler at full pressure, before it has performed any work
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