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1steam/ˈstiːm/noun
1steam
/ˈstiːm/
noun
Learner's definition of STEAM  
[noncount]
: the hot gas that is created when water is boiled
   b  : steam that is created by a machine and kept under pressure to provide power — often used before another noun
: very small drops of water that form on a surface when warm air that contains a lot of water is cooled down
informal  : the strength, force, or energy that allows something or someone to continue, to go faster, etc.

full head of steam

— see 1head

full steam ahead

— see 1full

let/blow off (some) steam

informal
: to calm down and get rid of energy or anger by doing something active

under its own steam

of a ship, boat, etc.
: by using its own power — often used figuratively
2steam/ˈstiːm/verb
steamssteamedsteaming
2steam
/ˈstiːm/
verb
steamssteamedsteaming
Learner's definition of STEAM  
[no object]  : to produce steam
[+ object]  : to cook, heat, or treat (something) with steam
: to cause (something, such as a piece of glass) to become covered with small drops of water
[+ object]
— usually + up
[no object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object] 
: to move by using power produced by steam
   b  : to move forward in a quick and forceful way — sometimes used figuratively
— see also steamed, steaming
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