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 The 130-milliliter steamer fits neatly in a suitcase and delivers a good 900 watts of power. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Travel Steamers for a Wrinkle-Free Vacation," 5 Dec. 2019 There's a rice steamer with no off-switch, an always-full pot of chai, and the soul of any Indian kitchen: a clay oven, the tandoor. CBS News, "A taste of India on the interstate," 24 Nov. 2019 In 'Steamboat Willie,' Mickey is a hired hand on board a paddle steamer captained by Pete. Sarah Brookbank,, "Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse: Disney's iconic character turns 91," 18 Nov. 2019 For the sake of convenience, beef short ribs were chopped into sections small enough to fit in a petite bowl inside a bamboo steamer but lost none of their big personality. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine rises above San Antonio’s quiet Chinese restaurant scene," 7 Nov. 2019 In the Instagram post, Parris sits under a steamer to allow the products in her hair to seep in and get as much moisture as possible. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, "Teyonah Parris Documented Her Salon Day, and Her Natural Hair Is a Mile Long," 1 Oct. 2019 In 1950, at 18, Jacques went to sea on a tramp steamer running coal between Dunkirk, France, and Algiers, the capital of Algeria, the rebellious French possession. New York Times, "Jacques Chirac, Who Led France Envisioning European Unity, Is Dead at 86," 26 Sep. 2019 The cornerstone of the old city hall is one of them, as well as a prune steamer used to preserve fruit and an old El Camino Mission bell. Katharina Woodman, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale museum celebrates first decade, plus one," 20 Sep. 2019 The first Indianapolis was a steamer that went into Navy service in 1918. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Navy to commission USS Indianapolis combat ship this fall," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2020

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“Steamer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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


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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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