from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The vapor phase of water.
- n. A mist of cooling water vapor.
- n. Pressurized water vapor used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical power.
- n. The power produced by a machine using pressurized water vapor.
- n. Steam heating.
- n. Power; energy.
- intransitive v. To produce or emit steam.
- intransitive v. To become or rise up as steam.
- intransitive v. To become misted or covered with steam.
- intransitive v. To move by means of steam power.
- intransitive v. Informal To become very angry; fume.
- transitive v. To expose to steam, as in cooking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.
- n. Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.
- n. Internal energy for motive power.
- n. Pent-up anger.
- n. A steam-powered vehicle.
- n. Travel by means of a steam-powered vehicle
- v. To cook with steam.
- v. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing.
- v. To produce or vent steam.
- v. To become angry; to fume; to be incensed.
- v. To make angry.
- v. To be covered with condensed water vapor.
- v. To travel by means of steam power.
- v. To move with great or excessive purposefulness.
- v. To exhale.
- adj. Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The elastic, aëriform fluid into which water is converted when heated to the boiling point; water in the state of vapor.
- n. The mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so called in popular usage.
- n. Any exhalation.
- intransitive v. To emit steam or vapor.
- intransitive v. To rise in vapor; to issue, or pass off, as vapor.
- intransitive v. To move or travel by the agency of steam.
- intransitive v. To generate steam.
- transitive v. To exhale.
- transitive v. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Vapor; a rising vapor; an exhalation.
- n. Water in a gaseous state; the gas or vapor of water, especially at temperatures above 100° C.
- n. Water in a visible vesicular condition produced by the condensation of vapor of water in air.
- n. Figuratively, force; energy.
- n. A flame or blaze; a ray of light.
- To give out steam or vapor; exhale any kind of fume or vapor.
- To rise in a vaporous form; pass off in visible vapor.
- To move or travel by the agency of steam: as, the vessel steamed into port.
- To flame or blaze up.
- To exhale; evaporate.
- To treat with steam; expose to steam; apply steam to for any purpose: as, to steam cloth; to steam potatoes instead of boiling them; to steam food for cattle; steamed bread.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rise as vapor
- v. emit steam
- v. travel by means of steam power
- v. get very angry
- v. cook something by letting steam pass over it
- v. clean by means of steaming
- n. water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
Middle English steme, from Old English stēam.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English stēam (Wiktionary)