steam·​er | \ ˈstē-mər How to pronounce steamer (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ninja’s competitor to the Instant Pot plays up its ability to air fry, with a five-quart crisping basket, but it’s also a pressure cooker, steamer, and slow cooker. Gear Team, Wired, 12 June 2021 Steam irons use steam instead to get out wrinkles, and typically have both steamer and dry iron capabilities. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 The 7-in-1 device can act as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer and more. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, 26 Nov. 2020 The six-quart Instant Pot DUO60 slow cooker and steamer ($89) can also sauté, warm foods and make yogurt. oregonlive, 7 May 2021 Our Place aims for the Always Pan to replace eight other pieces in the kitchen including the fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 27 Apr. 2021 The clever eight-in-one nonstick pan can replace your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, spatula, and spoon rest. Alex Warner,, 23 Apr. 2021 Line a steamer basket with half the orange slices, place the fillets on top, and lay the remaining orange slices on the fish., 20 Apr. 2021 According to Our Place, this kitchen staple replaces a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula (made of beechwood), and spoon rest all on its own. Alexandra Polk,, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2021

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“Steamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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
US : a type of clam that has a thin shell and that is often cooked by being steamed


steam·​er | \ ˈstē-mər How to pronounce steamer (audio) \

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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