steamer

noun steam·er \ ˈstē-mər \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of steamer

1 : a vessel in which articles are subjected to steam
2 a : 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

  1. We rode a steamer down the Mississippi.

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First Known Use of steamer

1802

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STEAMER Defined for English Language Learners

steamer

Definition of steamer for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STEAMER Defined for Kids

steamer

noun steam·er \ ˈstē-mər \

Definition of steamer for Students

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

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