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"steam" in British English

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steamnoun [U]

uk   us   /stiːm/
B2 the ​hotgas that is ​produced when ​waterboils: Steam ​rose from the ​simmeringstew. steam ​turbines a steam ​engine/​locomotive the ​age of steam (= the ​period when steam ​providedpower for ​railways and ​factories) The ​pump is ​driven by steam.

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steamverb

uk   us   /stiːm/
[I] to ​move by steam ​power: The ​train/​ship steamed out of the ​station/​harbour. [T] to ​cookfood using steam: steamed ​vegetables [T usually + adv/prep] to use steam to make something ​softer, ​especiallyglue so that something can be ​removed: Ross steamed open the ​envelope to ​see if it was a ​loveletter.
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(Definition of steam from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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steamnoun [U]

 us   /stim/
the ​hotgas that is ​produced when ​waterboils Steam can be used to ​providepower: a steam ​engine

steamverb [I/T]

 us   /stim/
to move by steam ​power: [I] The ​shipsteamed out of the ​harbor. If ​food is ​steamed, it is ​cooked by steam.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of steam from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “steam”
in Korean 김, 증기…
in Arabic بُخار…
in Malaysian wap…
in French (à/de) vapeur…
in Russian пар…
in Chinese (Traditional) 蒸汽,水蒸氣…
in Italian vapore…
in Turkish buhar, istim…
in Polish para…
in Spanish vapor…
in Vietnamese hơi nước, năng lượng hơi nước…
in Portuguese vapor…
in Thai ไอน้ำ, พลังไอน้ำ…
in German der Dampf, Dampf-……
in Catalan vapor…
in Japanese 蒸気, 湯気…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蒸汽,水蒸气…
in Indonesian uap, tenaga uap…
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