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 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 Deliverable options include the Low Country Shrimp Steamer Pot, filled with jumbo shrimp, sweet corn, sausage, potatoes and homemade seasoning, as well as steamer pots that add little neck clams, snow crab legs and large sea scallops to the mix. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Far From Home? These Regional Comfort Foods Can Be Shipped To Your Door," 29 Apr. 2020 This bamboo basket steamer from Sur La Table stacks two layers within, allowing for efficiency in the kitchen. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Ways to Bring Japanese Cooking Into Your Kitchen," 23 Apr. 2020 In her most recent book, Vietnamese Food Any Day, Nguyen deliberately eschewed Asian cookware like woks and bamboo steamers in order to develop recipes that a home cook could make without any special equipment. Kristen Hartke, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn from a Pro: How to Make Restaurant-Quality Spring Rolls at Home," 15 Apr. 2020 NanoSteamer Large 3-in-1 Nano Ionic Facial Steamer with Precise Temp Control Great for opening up your pores, this ionic facial steamer will prep your skin for blackhead removal. Popular Science, "Delightful devices for at-home facials," 6 Feb. 2020 What allowed the injection of the addictive substance was a new kind of vessel, the SS Nemesis—the first steamer to cross the Indian Ocean and wipe out the boats awaiting it in China’s shallow river entries. On Barak, Quartz, "Fossil fuels are propelling Covid-19—and the next pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2020

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“Steamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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