from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who installs and repairs heating, ventilating, refrigerating, and air-conditioning systems.

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  • noun A person qualified to handle installation and maintenance of piping that carries steam (a highly-skilled task because of the danger of leaks of hot pressurized steam).

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  • noun a craftsman who installs and maintains equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating


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  • "Looking more like a steamfitter on holiday than a colleague of the magnificent [Richard harding] Davis," biographer Richard O'Connor says, Jack London nevertheless intended getting to the heart of the matter: "He carried a camera instead of a walking stick, and proposed to record the sight and smells of war, both on film and paper, at the level of the infantryman's boots and the cookfires of the cavalry on march."


  • Michael Carroll: My father was a steamfitter — as were my uncles, grandfather, brother, and many cousins.

    Shambhala SunSpace » Tynette Deveaux 2009

  • Borza, a retired ironworker, and Mann, a retired steamfitter, met years ago when the luminarias were being distributed.

    Quailwood, in La Plata, Md., is serene after the storm Jim Brocker 2010

  • "I'm a hard-core Republican," says retired steamfitter-welder Vernon West, 66, standing on the front porch of his home in northeastern Idaho's Mullan.

    Big government frustrates Idaho, fuels Libertarian interest 2008

  • I HOPE he's part of the new Democratic face because if he is, we're going to do well in the next few years ... and yes, he reminds me of the construction workers my old man, a steamfitter, used to work with ... they were all loyal Democrats that left the party ..

    MT-SEN: CQ: Race Now Leaning Towards Tester 2009

  • Since the record is described as a "rock 'n' roll epitaph" to her father, what would George Edward Flotard Jr., a former New York City steamfitter who was certainly proud of his born-to-be-wild child (and wore a Visqueen shirt four out of seven days a week to prove it) think about Message To Garcia?

    Michael Bialas: Interview: Visqueen's Rachel Flotard Sends a Powerful Message 2009

  • Sasso was the son of an Italian steamfitter, more at home in a local union hall than Kerry's home on Beacon Hill.


  • If we don't have room for a glover, blacksmith, steamfitter, cobbler, hooper, chimney sweep and Balkan restaurant, what good are we?

    Archive 2006-10-01 Brooks of Sheffield 2006

  • If we don't have room for a glover, blacksmith, steamfitter, cobbler, hooper, chimney sweep and Balkan restaurant, what good are we?

    Hats Off! Brooks of Sheffield 2006

  • “He told me he used to be the house steamfitter at the Plaza hotel till he got fired.”

    Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Michael Ledwidge 2003


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