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noun [uncountable] steam pronunciation in American English /stim/
  1. 1
    the hot wet substance like a thin cloud that is produced when water is heated

    The steam from the volcano rose into the air.

    a steam bath

    1. a.
      the wet substance that forms on windows and mirrors when wet air suddenly becomes hot or cold

      Tom rubbed the steam from the window and peered outside.

  2. 2
    power that is created when water is heated

    The equipment was originally powered by steam.

    the age of steam (=when trains were operated by steam)

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of steam
    1. a.
      [only before noun] operated by steam

      a steam engine/locomotive/

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