steam iron


Definition of steam iron

: a pressing iron with a compartment holding water that is converted to steam by the iron's heat and emitted through the soleplate onto the fabric being pressed

Examples of steam iron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This may have been the only act of machismo ever displayed by Louis Gornick, a kind, mild-mannered man who labored five days a week over a steam iron in the garment district. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Vivian Gornick Is Rereading Everyone, Including Herself," 3 Feb. 2020 They were sustained for a time in part by a nearby Midsouth plant, which manufactured consumer electronics such as steam irons and toaster ovens, as well as industrial supplies such as refrigerator parts. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 That's where Reliable’s pint-size steam iron comes in. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill any dust mites lurking near the surface. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 Scratch Resistant Soleplate Look for a steam iron that has a scratch-resistant soleplate surface like stainless steel; this will help to keep it gliding smoothly over everything from silk to wool. Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping, "5 Tips for Buying a Steam Iron," 27 Jan. 2012 Contemporary artists are known to use all kinds of instruments in their work, but one of Mr. Cole’s favorite tools still stands out as extraordinary: the steam iron. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of steam iron

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Steam iron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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