You are here


Definitions by Wordnik

  1. (noun) The vapor phase of water.
  2. (noun) A mist of cooling water vapor.
  3. (noun) Pressurized water vapor used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical power.
  4. (noun) The power produced by a machine using pressurized water vapor.
  5. (noun) Steam heating.
  6. (noun) Power; energy.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To produce or emit steam.
  8. (verb-intransitive) To become or rise up as steam.
  9. (verb-intransitive) To become misted or covered with steam.
  10. (verb-intransitive) To move by means of steam power.
  11. (verb-intransitive) Informal To become very angry; fume.
  12. (verb-transitive) To expose to steam, as in cooking.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The percentage by weight of steam in a mixture of steam and water is called the quality of the steam. - Steam, Its Generation and Use
  2. So, this is what we called steam fog, which is developed across the area, really kind of an eerie sight to wake up and see that kind of hovering over the ocean. - CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2010
  3. Now they had made a thing which they called a steam-ram, an iron-covered boat, like unto a serpent, even like unto the evil beast which crawleth upon its belly, eating dirt, as do many of those who made it. - The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy
  4. Albany in what he called a steam vessel named the Clermont. - Pushing to the Front
  5. A thousand generations had lived and died, an immense volume of history had been enacted, the heroes of all the ages, and almost those of our own time, had fulfilled their destinies and passed away, before it came about that a mere physical fact should fill a larger place in our lives than all examples, and that the evanescent vapor which we call steam should change daily, and effectively, the courses and modes of human action, and erect life upon another plane. - Steam, Steel and Electricity


We are dedicated to creating and providing free, high-quality English language learning resources.