gain/gather steam

Definition of gain/gather steam

informal
:to increase in strength, force, or energy
  • The campaign quickly gained/gathered steam.

Word by Word Definitions

gain play
  1. : resources or advantage acquired or increased : profit

  2. : the act or process of acquiring something

  3. : an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree

  1. : to acquire or get possession of usually by industry, merit, or craft

  2. : to win in competition or conflict

  3. : to arrive at : reach, attain

gather play
  1. : to bring together : collect

  2. : pick, harvest

  3. : to pick up or amass as if by harvesting

  1. : something brought together: such as

  2. : a puckering in cloth made by gathering (see 1gather 7a)

  3. : a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing

steam play
  1. : a vapor arising from a heated substance

  2. : the invisible vapor into which water is converted when heated to the boiling point

  3. : the mist formed by the condensation on cooling of water vapor

  1. : to give out as fumes : exhale

  2. : to apply steam to

  3. : to rise or pass off as vapor


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