steam


steam
steam NOUN 1) the hot vapour into which water is converted when heated, which condenses in the air into a mist of minute water droplets. 2) the expansive force of this vapour used as a source of power for machines. 3) momentum; impetus: the dispute gathered steam.
VERB 1) give off or produce steam. 2) (steam up) mist over with steam. 3) cook (food) by heating it in steam from boiling water. 4) clean or otherwise treat with steam. 5) (of a ship or train) travel somewhere under steam power. 6) informal move somewhere rapidly or forcefully. 7) (be/get steamed up) be or become extremely agitated or angry.
get up steam — Cf. ↑get up steam
have steam coming out of one's ears — Cf. ↑have steam coming out of one's ears
let off steam — Cf. ↑let off steam
run out of steam — Cf. ↑run out of steam
under one's own steam — Cf. ↑under one's own steam
ORIGIN Old English.

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