from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A steamship, especially one used on rivers and other inland waterways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power; -- generally used of river or coasting craft, as distinguished from ocean steamers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel propelled by steam-power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a boat propelled by a steam engine


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