gain/gather steam

Definition of gain/gather steam


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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  resources or advantage acquired or increased :  profit

    :  the act or process of acquiring something

    :  an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree

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

    :  to win in competition or conflict

    :  to arrive at :  reach, attain

  1. :  to bring together :  collect

    :  pick, harvest

    :  to pick up or amass as if by harvesting

  1. :  something brought together: such as

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

    :  a mass of molten glass collected for use in glassblowing

  1. :  a vapor arising from a heated substance

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

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

  1. :  to give out as fumes :  exhale

    :  to apply steam to

    :  to expose to the action of steam (as for softening or cooking)

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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