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Noun: steam  steem
  1. Water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
     
  2. Enough activity to continue going; capacity for further growth
    "the campaign is gaining steam";
    - momentum
     
  3. (figurative) pent-up anger
    "he went outside to blow off some steam"
Verb: steam  steem
  1. Travel by means of steam power
    "The ship steamed off into the Pacific";
    - steamer
     
  2. Emit steam
    "The rain forest was literally steaming"
     
  3. Rise as vapour
     
  4. Get very angry
    "her indifference to his amorous advances really steamed the young man"
     
  5. Clean by means of steaming
    "steam-clean the upholstered sofa";
    - steam clean
     
  6. (cooking) cook something by letting steam pass over it
    "just steam the vegetables"

Derived forms: steaming, steamed, steams

Type of: anger, arise, clean, come up, cook, emit, give off, give out, go, go up, lift, locomote, make clean, move, move up, rise, see red, travel, uprise, vapor [US], vapour [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Steam