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  1. steam

    • IPA[stēm]


    • n.
      the vapor into which water is converted when heated, forming a white mist of minute water droplets in the air;the invisible gaseous form of water, formed by boiling, from which vapor condenses.
    • v.
      give off or produce steam;become or cause something to become covered or misted over with steam
    • verb: steam, 3rd person present: steams, gerund or present participle: steaming, past tense: steamed, past participle: steamed

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    • 1. give off or produce steam a mug of coffee was steaming at her elbow
    • become or cause something to become covered or misted over with steam the glass keeps steaming up the warm air had begun to steam up the windows
    • 2. cook (food) by heating it in steam from boiling water steam the vegetables until just tender
    • (of food) cook by being heated in steam from boiling water add the mussels and leave them to steam
    • clean or otherwise treat with steam he steamed his shirts in the bathroom to remove the wrinkles
    • apply steam to (something fixed with adhesive) so as to open or loosen it he'd steamed the letter open and then resealed it
    • 3. (of a ship or train) travel somewhere under steam power the 11:54 steamed into the station
    • operate (a steam locomotive) you can learn the intricacies of steaming a locomotive for the first time
    • informal come, go, or move somewhere rapidly or in a forceful way Jerry steamed in ten minutes late the company has steamed ahead with its investment program
    • British informal start or join a fight he'll be the one to throw the first punch, then run to the back when the others steam in
    • informal (of a gang of thieves) move rapidly through a public place, stealing things or robbing people on the way they led a gang which steamed through shops, stealing and threatening violence
    • 4. informal be or become extremely agitated or angry you got all steamed up over nothing! after steaming behind the closed door in his office, he came out and screamed at her