verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- stealth bomber,
- stealth tax,
- stealth technology,
- steam bath,
- steam beer,
- steam boiler,
- steam chest,
- steam coal
Origin of steam
Examples from the Web for steam
Parenting a kid that can get from place to place under his own steam is a whole new ballgame.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.|Russell Saunders|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why they do it who knows, but the Tragic Jen narrative has never run out of steam, even with the presence of the .Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston|Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I now know this was a conduction-style vaporizer, which requires a chamber to hold the steam.
The air around the grill clouds with the steam of sizzling onions.
The show was an instant hit and a cash cow for Walters and ABC, but lately the franchise has been running out of steam.
The water runs down to the home station, and is then lifted up high by steam engines and distributed over the city.Wisconsin in Story and Song;|Various
Nobody comes out this far unless theyre huntin for the lake, but youre the first to come in a steam car without rails.The Motor Boys Across the Plains|Clarence Young
When the valve is in its middle position it generally more than covers the steam ports.An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design|David Allan Low
In 1784 he made the first wheeled vehicle impelled by steam in England,—made it with his own hands and brains.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical|Frank H. Stauffer
The Act in question was passed at a time when steam was still imperfectly understood.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
- (of a ship, etc) to work up a sufficient head of steam in a boiler to drive an engine
- informalto go quickly
Word Origin for steam
Old English steam "vapor, fume," from Proto-Germanic *staumaz (cf. Dutch stoom), of unknown origin. Steam age first attested 1941. Steam heat as a method of temperature control recorded from 1904.
Old English stemen, stymen "to emit a scent or odor," from the root of steam (n.). Slang meaning "to make angry" is from 1922. Related: Steamed; steaming.
see blow off steam; full speed (steam) ahead; get up steam; run out of steam; under one's own steam.