Careful, the steam from the pot is hot.
The boat runs on steam.
He wiped the steam from the mirrors.
He was afraid he would run out of steam before the end of the race.
I was making good progress this morning, but now I'm starting to run out of steam. Verb
a steaming bowl of soup
She prefers to steam carrots rather than boil them.
Their breath steamed the windows. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
As interest in the cryptocurrency world from institutions gathers steam, there are some lessons from the latter, from just over 20 years ago, that are worth the attention of the former.—Damian Bunce, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The great wealth transfer is picking up steam among the wealthiest.—Juliet Chung, WSJ, 30 Nov. 2023 As the record began to pick up steam, his label Warner Bros. Records kicked into gear to nurture the song’s growth.—Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 Back then, the NCAA transfer portal was just gaining steam and NIL was still a year away.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Closing in the potatoes creates steam, and the skin on the potatoes will end up wet and a bit tough in our experience.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 An Instant Pot can sauté, slow-cook, steam, make yogurt, and some models even double as an air fryer.—Wilder Davies, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 From the ergonomic handle and generous steam head to the swift 60-second heat-up period and continuous steam feature, there's a lot to love for just $20.—Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Nov. 2023 Shattering the morning calm at SpaceX's Boca Chica launch site on the Texas Gulf Coast, the Super Heavy's 33 methane-burning Raptor engines ignited with a torrent of flame at 8:03 a.m. EST, instantly engulfing the rocket in billowing clouds of dust and steam.—William Harwood, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2023
Things like sea barnacles steamed over sea lettuce.—Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2023 His chest still wet, his neck and ears steamed pink.—Clare Sestanovich, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 More Tips On Preparing Crab Legs Consider adding beer to the water when steaming or adding to a boil for an extra bit of flavor.—Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 27 Oct. 2023 Try your favorite veggies steamed or sautéed, which is easy to accomplish in a multipurpose pan.—Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 17 Oct. 2023 What is the difference between frothing and steaming milk?—Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 All can be steamed, roasted, braised, sauteed or turned into soup.—Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2023 Luggage can also be steamed or placed in special heat boxes that are available for the sole purpose of killing errant bed bugs.—Brooke Borel, Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2023 Bok choy can be used in salads, or it can be steamed, braised, sautéed, or stir-fried.—Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English stem, from Old English stēam; akin to Dutch stoom steam
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1