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

Or, set the hair in curlers, then go over it with a steamer. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "8 Ways To Make Your Halloween Wig Look Real AF," 21 Oct. 2016 Everything on her stove drifted up through the floorboards like a Chinese steamer. ... Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Michelin-Starred Birthday Dinner That Changed a Celebrity Chef’s Life," 11 Sep. 2018 Pitch-black squid ink dumplings stuffed with pork and peanuts, as well as the spinach-green dumpings crowned with a dollop of XO sauce, tend to go flaccid in the steamer. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018 The dim sum here is self-serve, meaning that every diner, sooner or later—and most more than once—makes her way to the corner where the towers of bamboo steamers stand. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer or metal colander and over the boiling water. Karen Berner, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree to Use In Your Favorite Fall Recipes," 18 July 2018 Claire is uncertain after a fire ravaged the iconic steamer known for ferrying generations of Detroiters to Boblo Island. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Ste. Claire's future uncertain after devastating Boblo boat fire," 6 July 2018 To make aushak, Djawadi cuts about six stacks of green onions into very small pieces, mixes it with spices and oil, stuffs the dough (similar to the dough used to make egg rolls), and puts it on a steamer. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Two teak steamer lounge chairs provide casual seating for the large space. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Neoclassical Chinoiserie in one of Jersey City’s Priciest Bedrooms," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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