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The steam from the volcano rose into the air.
a steam bath
The equipment was originally powered by steam.
the age of steam (=when trains were operated by steam)
Before I start working again full steam, I want to travel.
The meeting will be a chance for the protesters to let off steam.
It looks like the economy is picking up steam again.
Can you make it under your own steam, or will you need a lift?
This is the American English definition of steam. View British English definition of steam.
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