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English definition of “steam”

steam

noun [U] uk   /stiːm/ us  
B2 the hot gas that is produced when water boils: Steam rose from the simmering stew. steam turbines a steam engine/locomotive the age of steam (= the period when steam provided power for railways and factories) The pump is driven by steam.Clouds, dew, fog and steam

steam

verb uk   /stiːm/ us  
[I] to move by steam power: The train/ship steamed out of the station/harbour.Travelling [T] to cook food using steam: steamed vegetablesPreparing food using heatPreparing food [T usually + adv/prep] to use steam to make something softer, especially glue so that something can be removed: Ross steamed open the envelope to see if it was a love letter.Unfastening and opening
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(Definition of steam from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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