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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"

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • 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 Réaumur and 373.15 Kelvin.

A major use of steam is to power steam engines.

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'Steam' example sentence in quotations

* 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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Steam Sample Sentences in News

  • Valve adds latest Steam Machines hardware specs, pricing to Steam store
    The first batch of official Steam Machines are coming this November, and the hardware manufacturers making those computers for the living room have updated hardware specs and prices available on the official Steam store. The latest Steam Machines coming from 15 PC manufacturers — from Alienware to Zotac, with prices ranging from the hundreds of dollars to the t Read more on this news related to 'Steam'
  • Steam Machines: The Specs, Prices, and Release Dates
    We list Valve's first 15 living-room PCs in search of the best deal. Read more on this news related to 'Steam'
  • Maingear Announces Drift 4K Steam Machine
    Steam boxes, powerful gaming computers that work like home consoles, haven't materialized quite like gamers thought they would. The Drift runs on an Intel Core i7-470K processor, and gamers can choose between an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 or an AMD Radeon R9 290X for the graphics card. Read more on this news related to 'Steam'

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