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 Place the can on a steamer rack in the cooker’s insert and add enough water to reach halfway up the can. Washington Post, "Alfajores (Cornstarch Cookies With Dulce de Leche)," 2 July 2020 The set includes a modular lid, a 2.6-quart pan, a nesting spatula and a stainless-steel steamer basket. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 22 best Father's Day sales to shop this weekend," 18 June 2020 Usually, low porosity hair needs heat in order to open up the hair shaft, which results in me sitting under a steamer or dryer with a mask or deep conditioner. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Black-Owned Brand Just Made The Dream Product For Low Porosity Hair," 15 June 2020 The ship carried a load of rifles, ammunition and machetes for Cuban revolutionaries, but a collision with a sandbar and the battering ocean waves left the steamer taking on water. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "Buoyant Hope and Sinking Despair," 12 June 2020 In September 1918, a United Fruit Company’s steamer arrived from Colón with eleven soldiers infected with the Spanish Flu aboard. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Special equipment like a steamer basket is not needed. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Western Reserve School of Cooking online classes scheduled," 10 May 2020 For those who want to kill two birds with one stone, an Instant Pot may be the best option to purchase not only a rice cooker, but also a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sautér, yogurt maker, and warmer. Popular Science, "The best rice cookers for every budget," 4 Sep. 2019 Before placing fish in steamer, make sure basket sits just above simmering water. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jul 2020

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“Steamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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