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 Expecting mothers can take a day off to relax with a shower steamer, facial clay mask, eye mask and travel-friendly lavender soap bar. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 18 July 2022 My grandfather, Giovanni, born nearby, brought her to the United States in 1921, sailing from Naples on a steamer called the America. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 At Mezcalero, sister restaurant to El Sol, also owned by siblings Alfredo and Jessica Solis, the chef attempted to duplicate the process with a commercial steamer. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Before dawn on May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls stealthily took command of a Confederate steamer, the CSS Planter, and steered it out of Charleston Harbor. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The even heating produced impressive results, and this set features helpful little extras that really add value, like the steamer basket attachment for the sauce pot, and the hash marks for measurements inside the pans. Rennie Dyball,, 11 July 2022 This handy steamer rack features stay-cool arms that can easily (and safely) be lifted out of your Instant Pot after a high-temp steaming session. Good Housekeeping, 8 July 2022 Before roads existed, the Ethie, a coastal steamer, was responsible for supplying the region’s waterside communities. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 30 June 2022 The appliance comes with several attachments including a steamer jet nozzle, window squeegee, an angled nozzle, a scrape tool, and three brush heads to successfully clean multiple surfaces in one handy tool. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2022

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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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