verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of steam
Related Words for steamvigor, strength, force, beef, power, sinew, vim, puissance, potency, muscle, might
Examples from the Web for steam
Contemporary Examples of 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.
November 14, 2014
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
I now know this was a conduction-style vaporizer, which requires a chamber to hold the steam.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
The air around the grill clouds with the steam of sizzling onions.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
The show was an instant hit and a cash cow for Walters and ABC, but lately the franchise has been running out of steam.
Historical Examples of steam
It was imagined that it was necessary to expel it by means of heat or steam.
The sound was exactly that of steam roaring from a locomotive's safety valve.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A steam dahabeah is what we want, so we won't be at the mercy of the wind.
There were no passengers on board the steam dahabeah Mamoudieh.
The atmosphere was stifling as a night in the rains by reason of the steam and the crowd.American Notes
- (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.