the vapour into which water is converted when heated, forming a white mist of minute water droplets in the air
"a cloud of steam"
"she wiped the steam off the mirror"
"steam was rising from the mugs of coffee"
the invisible gaseous form of water, formed by boiling, from which this vapour condenses.
the expansive force of steam used as a source of power for machines
"a steam locomotive"
"the equipment was originally powered by steam"
locomotives and railway systems powered by steam
"we were trainspotters in the last years of steam"
energy and momentum or impetus
"the anti-corruption drive gathered steam"
give off or produce steam
"a mug of coffee was steaming at her elbow"
become or cause something to become covered or misted over with steam
"the warm air had begun to steam up the windows"
"the glass keeps steaming up"
cook (food) by heating it in steam from boiling water
"steam the vegetables until just tender"
(of food) cook by heating in steam
"leave the mussels to steam"
clean or otherwise treat with steam
"he steamed his shirts to remove the odour"
apply steam to (something fixed with adhesive) so as to open or loosen it
"he'd steamed the letter open and then resealed it"
(of a ship or train) travel somewhere under steam power
"the 11.54 steamed into the station"
come, go, or move somewhere rapidly or in a forceful way
"Jeremy steamed in ten minutes late"
"the company has steamed ahead with its investment programme"
start or join a fight
"he'll be the one to throw the first punch, then run to the back when the others steam in"
(of a gang of thieves) move rapidly through a public place, stealing things or robbing people on the way
"steaming is not restricted to tube trains"
generate steam in and operate (a steam locomotive)
"you can learn the intricacies of steaming a locomotive for the first time"
be or become extremely agitated or angry
"you got all steamed up over nothing!"
"after steaming behind the closed door in his office, he came out and screamed at her"