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 steaming
The meat glistened seductively with melted butter, piled high and steaming on top of a crisp, oily split-top bun.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered|Scott Bixby|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
NSA technology, so far as Carter knows, does not rise to the level of tea kettles for steaming open envelopes.
But Friday morning, the monthly jobs report dumped a steaming pile of caution on the carpet.
It begins—in the steaming, hot-toddy voice of Scarlett Johansson—to speak to him.
A pair of urns dispensed coffee and the man in the knit cap raised a steaming Styrofoam cup.
He would sit on Arthur's seat and hate the modern Athens steaming there below him.Musical Criticisms|Arthur Johnstone
The odor of the steaming delicacy, so keenly looked forward to every second Sunday, reaches my nostrils and sharpens my hunger.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
By steaming, the initial process of the Moist-air kiln has been consummated.Seasoning of Wood|Joseph B. Wagner
They were steaming northward scarcely out of sight of the shore.Elsie at Ion|Martha Finley
Basins, some two feet across, were placed on the ground filled with steaming kesk'soo.Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond|Budgett Meakin
- (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.