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Topic: WIND, WATER, SUN

Language: Old English
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steam

1 noun
     
steam1 W3 [uncountable]
1

gas

D the hot mist that water produces when it is boiled:
Steam rose from the hot tub.
2

mist on surface

D the mist that forms on windows, mirrors etc when warm wet air suddenly becomes cold
3

power

TPW 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 steam

to get rid of your anger, excitement, or energy in a way that does not harm anyone by doing something active
5

get/pick/build up steam

also gather/gain steam
a) if an engine picks up steam, it gradually starts to go faster
b) if plans, beliefs etc pick up steam, they gradually become more important and more people become interested in them:
The election campaign is picking up steam.
6

run out of steam

also lose steam to no longer have the energy or the desire to continue doing something, especially because you are tired:
I usually just let her yell until she runs out of steam.
7

under your own steam

if you go somewhere under your own steam, you get there without help from anyone else:
I'll get to the restaurant under my own steam.
8

railway

TTT a railway system in which the trains use steam for power:
the age of steam

➔ full steam ahead

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