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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsteamsteam1 /stiːm/ ●●○ W3 noun [uncountable]  1 gasD the hot mist that water produces when it is boiled Steam rose from the hot tub.2 mist on surfaceDWET the mist that forms on windows, mirrors etc when warm wet air suddenly becomes cold3 powerTPW power that is produced by boiling water to make steam, in order to make things work or move The engines are driven by steam.steam engine/train/hammer etc (=an engine etc that works by steam power)4 let/blow off steam5 get/pick/build up steam6 run out of steam7 under your own steam8 railwayTTT a railway system in which the trains use steam for power the age of steam full steam ahead at full1(18)
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steamThere was a smell in the air, hot metal, chemical steam.Who else but Galwey should arrive full steam at his shoulder, outpacing even Simon Geoghegan in his hunger for the ball.However, in midafternoon New York trading, the rally lost steam.It was recreation hour, explained Brother Andrew with a smile, and the Brothers were letting off steam.The water was just right, slid over his skin as he gave out a long low satisfied moan into the steam.steam engine/train/hammer etcIf one man invented a steam engine and another a railway, then the two could come together.Read in studio Railway enthusiasts are queueing up for a nostalgic trip on a steam train.Up to 20 caravans have parked close to the town's historic cathedral, and opposite the leisure centre and steam train station.Gritty steam engines, not teeny chips, hauled the world into the information age.The rate of consumption of energy was named after another James: Watt, of steam engine fame.He installed his twelve horse-power steam engine at Portsmouth dockyard in 1798-9, the first to be used in a royal dockyard.Coal for the mill's steam engine was carried up the steep hill on donkeys.The immense surrogate slave power released by the steam engine ushered in the Industrial Revolution.