Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

steamer

play
noun steam·er \ˈstē-mər\

Simple Definition of steamer

  • : a container in which food is cooked with steam

  • : a boat or ship that is powered by steam

  • : a type of clam that has a thin shell and that is often cooked by being steamed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of steamer

  1. 1 :  a vessel in which articles are subjected to steam

  2. 2a :  a ship propelled by steamb :  an engine, machine, or vehicle operated or propelled by steam

  3. 3 :  one that steams

  4. 4 :  soft-shell clam

Examples of steamer in a sentence

  1. We rode a steamer down the Mississippi.



1802

First Known Use of steamer

1802


STEAMER Defined for Kids

steamer

play
noun steam·er \ˈstē-mər\

Definition of steamer for Students

  1. 1 :  a ship powered by steam

  2. 2 :  a container in which something is steamed <a vegetable steamer>




Learn More about steamer


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up steamer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of perception or understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

perplex disapprove reduce soothe
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ