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Steam Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
  • cook something by letting steam pass over it; "just steam the vegetables"
  • clean by means of steaming; "steam-clean the upholstered sofa"
  • get very angry; "her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"
  • travel by means of steam power; "The ship steamed off into the Pacific"
  • rise as vapor
  • emit steam; "The rain forest was literally steaming"

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  • water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere

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Steam Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Steam is the name given to water when it is a gas. Steam is a form of water vapour. Steam is sometimes seen as a string of cloudy translucent mist. But, that is only the result of the steam condensing in the air, which means the "steam" that you touch is not very hot. The actual hot steam is invisible.

When the pressure of the atmosphere is 1013 mbar (this is about the average pressure for a place which is at sea level), water will boil (turn into steam) at 100 degrees Celsius. This is the boiling point. Boiling happens in a boiler. 100 degrees Celsius is the same temperature as 212 degrees Fahrenheit, 80 degrees RĂ©aumur and 373.15 Kelvin.

A major use of steam is to power steam engines. A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid.

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* No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

* Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams--daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing--are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization. - L. Frank Baum

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