Meaning of STEAM in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Steam is the hot mist that forms when water boils. Steam vehicles and machines are operated using ~ as a means of power.

In an electric power plant the heat converts water into high-pressure ~.

...the invention of the ~ engine.



If something ~s, it gives off ~.

...restaurants where coffee pots ~ed on their burners.

...a basket of ~ing bread rolls.

VERB: V, V-ing


If you ~ food or if it ~s, you cook it in ~ rather than in water.

Steam the carrots until they are just beginning to be tender...

Leave the vegetables to ~ over the rice for the 20 minutes cooking time.

...~ed clams and broiled chicken.

VERB: V n, V, V-ed


If something such as a plan or a project goes full ~ ahead, it progresses quickly.

The Government was determined to go full ~ ahead with its privatisation programme...



If you let off ~, you get rid of your energy, anger, or strong emotions with physical activity or by behaving in a noisy or violent way. (INFORMAL)

Regular exercise helps to combat unwanted stress and is a good way of relaxing or letting off ~.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you run out of ~, you stop doing something because you have no more energy or enthusiasm left. (INFORMAL)

I decided to paint the bathroom ceiling but ran out of ~ halfway through.

PHRASE: V inflects

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