Meaning of “steam” in the English Dictionary

"steam" in British English

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steamnoun [ U ]

uk /stiːm/ us /stiːm/

B2 the hot gas that is produced when water boils:

Steam rose from the simmering stew.
steam turbines
the age of steam (= the period when steam provided power for railways and factories)
The pump is driven by steam.

More examples

  • If water is heated to 100°C it turns to steam.
  • The steam from the kettle misted up her glasses.
  • The horses came to a halt, steam streaming from their nostrils.
  • The shower room was full of steam.
  • My new wallpaper stripper uses high-pressure steam to lift off the paper.

steamverb

uk /stiːm/ us /stiːm/

(Definition of “steam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"steam" in American English

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steamnoun [ U ]

us /stim/

the hot gas that is produced when water boils

Steam can be used to provide power:

a steam engine

steamverb [ I/T ]

us /stim/

to move by steam power:

[ I ] The ship steamed out of the harbor.

If food is steamed, it is cooked by steam.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “steam” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)