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