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Meaning of STEAM

Pronunciation:  steem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
  2. [v]  cook something by letting steam pass over it; "just steam the vegetables"
  3. [v]  clean by means of steaming
  4. [v]  get very angry; "her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"
  5. [v]  travel by means of steam power; "The ship steamed off into the Pacific"
  6. [v]  rise as vapor
  7. [v]  emit steam; "The rain forest was literally steaming"

STEAM is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: steam clean
 See Also: anger, arise, clean, come up, cook, emit, give off, give out, go, go up, lift, live steam, locomote, make clean, move, move up, rise, see red, travel, uprise, vapor, vapour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Steam\, n. [OE. stem, steem, vapor, flame, AS. ste['a]m
    vapor, smoke, odor; akin to D. stoom steam, perhaps
    originally, a pillar, or something rising like a pillar; cf.
    Gr. ? to erect, ? a pillar, and E. stand.]
    1. The elastic, a["e]riform fluid into which water is
       converted when heated to the boiling points; water in the
       state of vapor.
    2. The mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so
       called in popular usage.
    3. Any exhalation. ``A steam og rich, distilled perfumes.''
    {Dry steam}, steam which does not contain water held in
       suspension mechanically; -- sometimes applied to
       superheated steam.
    {Exhaust steam}. See under {Exhaust}.
    {High steam}, or {High-pressure steam}, steam of which the
       pressure greatly exceeds that of the atmosphere.
    {Low steam}, or {Low-pressure steam}, steam of which the
       pressure is less than, equal to, or not greatly above,
       that of the atmosphere.
    {Saturated steam}, steam at the temperature of the boiling
       point which corresponds to its pressure; -- sometimes also
       applied to {wet steam}.
    {Superheated steam}, steam heated to a temperature higher
       than the boiling point corresponding to its pressure. It
       can not exist in contact with water, nor contain water,
       and resembles a perfect gas; -- called also {surcharged
       steam}, {anhydrous steam}, and {steam gas}.
    {Wet steam}, steam which contains water held in suspension
       mechanically; -- called also {misty steam}.
    Note: Steam is often used adjectively, and in combination, to
          denote, produced by heat, or operated by power, derived
          from steam, in distinction from other sources of power;
          as in steam boiler or steam-boiler, steam dredger or
          steam-dredger, steam engine or steam-engine, steam
          heat, steam plow or steam-plow, etc.
    {Steam blower}.
       (a) A blower for producing a draught consisting of a jet
           or jets of steam in a chimney or under a fire.
       (b) A fan blower driven directly by a steam engine.
    {Steam boiler}, a boiler for producing steam. See {Boiler},
       3, and Note. In the illustration, the shell a of the
       boiler is partly in section, showing the tubes, or flues,
       which the hot gases, from the fire beneath the boiler,
       enter, after traversing the outside of the shell, and
       through which the gases are led to the smoke pipe d, which
       delivers them to the chimney; b is the manhole; c the
       dome; e the steam pipe; f the feed and blow-off pipe; g
       the safety value; hthe water gauge.
    {Steam car}, a car driven by steam power, or drawn by a
    {Steam carriage}, a carriage upon wheels moved on common
       roads by steam.
    {Steam casing}. See {Steam jacket}, under {Jacket}.
    {Steam chest}, the box or chamber from which steam is
       distributed to the cylinder of a steam engine, steam pump,
       etc., and which usually contains one or more values; --
       called also {valve chest}, and {valve box}. See Illust. of
       {Slide valve}, under {Slide}.
    {Steam chimney}, an annular chamber around the chimney of a
       boiler furnace, for drying steam.
    {Steam coil}, a coil of pipe, or collection of connected
       pipes, for containing steam; -- used for heating, drying,
    {Steam colors} (Calico Printing), colors in which the
       chemical reaction fixed the coloring matter in the fiber
       is produced by steam.
    {Steam cylinder}, the cylinder of a steam engine, which
       contains the piston. See Illust. of {Slide valve}, under
    {Steam dome} (Steam Boilers), a chamber upon the top of the
       boiler, from which steam is conduced to the engine. See
       Illust. of Steam boiler, above.
    {Steam fire engine}, a fire engine consisting of a steam
       boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine,
       combined and mounted on wheels. It is usually drawn by
       horses, but is sometimes made self-propelling.
    {Steam fitter}, a fitter of steam pipes.
    {Steam fitting}, the act or the occupation of a steam fitter;
       also, a pipe fitting for steam pipes.
    {Steam gas}. See {Superheated steam}, above.
    {Steam gauge}, an instrument for indicating the pressure of
       the steam in a boiler. The {mercurial steam gauge} is a
       bent tube partially filled with mercury, one end of which
       is connected with the boiler while the other is open to
       the air, so that the steam by its pressure raises the
       mercury in the long limb of the tume to a height
       proportioned to that pressure. A more common form,
       especially for high pressures, consists of a spring
       pressed upon by the steam, and connected with the pointer
       of a dial. The spring may be a flattened, bent tube,
       closed at one end, which the entering steam tends to
       straighten, or it may be a diaphragm of elastic metal, or
       a mass of confined air, etc.
    {Steam gun}, a machine or contrivance from which projectiles
       may be thrown by the elastic force of steam.
    {Steam hammer}, a hammer for forging, which is worked
       directly by steam; especially, a hammer which is guided
       vertically and operated by a vertical steam cylinder
       located directly over an anvil. In the variety known as
       Nasmyth's, the cylinder is fixed, and the hammer is
       attached to the piston rod. In that known as Condie's, the
       piston is fixed, and the hammer attached to the lower end
       of the cylinder.
    {Steam heater}.
       (a) A radiator heated by steam.
       (b) An apparatus consisting of a steam boiler, radiator,
           piping, and fixures for warming a house by steam.
    {Steam jacket}. See under {Jacket}.
    {Steam packet}, a packet or vessel propelled by steam, and
       running periodically between certain ports.
    {Steam pipe}, any pipe for conveying steam; specifically, a
       pipe through which steam is supplied to an engine.
    {Steam plow} or {plough}, a plow, or gang of plows, moved by
       a steam engine.
    {Steam port}, an opening for steam to pass through, as from
       the steam chest into the cylinder.
    {Steam power}, the force or energy of steam applied to
       produce results; power derived from a steam engine.
    {Steam propeller}. See {Propeller}.
    {Steam pump}, a small pumping engine operated by steam. It is
       usually direct-acting.
    {Steam room} (Steam Boilers), the space in the boiler above
       the water level, and in the dome, which contains steam.
    {Steam table}, a table on which are dishes heated by steam
       for keeping food warm in the carving room of a hotel,
       restaurant, etc.
    {Steam trap}, a self-acting device by means of which water
       that accumulates in a pipe or vessel containing steam will
       be discharged without permitting steam to escape.
    {Steam tug}, a steam vessel used in towing or propelling
    {Steam vessel}, a vessel propelled by steam; a steamboat or
       steamship; -- a steamer.
    {Steam whistle}, an apparatus attached to a steam boiler, as
       of a locomotive, through which steam is rapidly
       discharged, producing a loud whistle which serves as a
       warning signal. The steam issues from a narrow annular
       orifice around the upper edge of the lower cup or
       hemisphere, striking the thin edge of the bell above it,
       and producing sound in the manner of an organ pipe or a
       common whistle.
  2. \Steam\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Steamed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To emit steam or vapor.
             My brother's ghost hangs hovering there, O'er his
             warm blood, that steams into the air. --Dryden.
             Let the crude humors dance In heated brass, steaming
             with fire intence.                    --J. Philips.
    2. To rise in vapor; to issue, or pass off, as vapor.
             The dissolved amber . . . steamed away into the air.
    3. To move or travel by the agency of steam.
             The vessel steamed out of port.       --N. P.
    4. To generate steam; as, the boiler steams well.
  3. \Steam\, v. t.
    1. To exhale. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for
       softening, dressing, or preparing; as, to steam wood; to
       steamcloth; to steam food, etc.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or hearing steam in your dream indicates your emotional state regarding an issue or situation. It may indicate that you are headstrong and read to proceed forth on an issue. It may also indicate that you are angry with someone or something.