steam·​er | \ ˈstē-mər \

Definition of steamer 

1 : a vessel in which articles are subjected to steam
2a : a ship propelled by steam
b : an engine, machine, or vehicle operated or propelled by steam
3 : one that steams

Examples of steamer in a Sentence

We rode a steamer down the Mississippi.

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Would the baristas have been accused of fiddling with their milk steamers while Boston’s little slice of Rome burned? Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 In between dry cleaner drop-offs, use a steamer to de-wrinkle your suit. 2. Elana Lyn Gross,, "15 things you should never put in the washing machine," 5 July 2018 Top loosely with another layer of foil and place steamer insert in pot. Ann Maloney,, "Grab a cookbook and join chef Kevin Belton in his new TV show," 3 Apr. 2018 To back it up for a minute, an Instant Pot combines the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Instant Pot Black Friday Deal Is at Walmart," 23 Nov. 2018 Another beauty tool that Rio discovered on the internet, this at-home facial steamer helps to hydrate skin while clarifying complexion and detoxifying skin. The Editors, The Strategist, "There Are So Many Things We Love on Sale at Dermstore Right Now," 28 June 2018 Under the program, the schools will receive a combination oven and steamer, a refrigerator, a freezer, several sinks, and hot and cold serving stations. James Vaznis,, "Boston schools’ fresh food program expands," 2 Apr. 2018 Fill a large pot with 1 inch water, insert a steamer basket, and bring to a boil. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Salami Sandwiches with Cauliflower Relish," 31 Oct. 2018 During a break in the meal, Cosentino was escorted upstairs into the crowded, clanging kitchen to take a place on the line, learning his way around egg custard buns amid fryers and steamers and an amused Tim Ho Wan staff. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners 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


steam·​er | \ ˈstē-mər \

Kids Definition of steamer

1 : a ship powered by steam
2 : a container in which something is steamed a vegetable steamer

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