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The steam from the volcano rose into the air.
a steam bath
Tom rubbed the steam from the window and peered outside.
The equipment was originally powered by steam.
the age of steam (=when trains were operated by steam)
a steam engine/locomotive/train
Before I start working again full steam, I want to travel.
The film is set to go full steam ahead.
The meeting will be a chance for the protesters to let off steam.
It looks like the economy is picking up steam again.
David seems to be running out of steam.
Hopefully the new measures will take the steam out of the refugee crisis.
Can you make it under your own steam, or will you need a lift?
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Definition of steam from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.