steamer

[ stee-mer ]
/ ˈsti mər /

noun

something propelled or operated by steam, as a steamship.
a person or thing that steams.
a device, pot, or container in which something is steamed.

verb (used without object)

to travel by steamship.

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Origin of steamer

First recorded in 1805–15; steam + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for steamer

steamer
/ (ˈstiːmə) /

noun

a boat or ship driven by steam engines
Also called: steam box an apparatus for steaming wooden beams and planks to make them pliable for shipbuilding
a vessel used to cook food by steam
Australian slang a clash of sporting teams characterized by rough play
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