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 beans in a steamer basket over boiling water. Beth Segal, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Place a steamer basket in a large pot and add enough water to reach just below basket. Kate Merker, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2021 The captain of an inbound steamer, the Ewing, a revenue cutter approaching the bay, gave this account to The Sun of the quake’s strike. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 26 Aug. 2021 An Anniversary Sale exclusive, this set comes with the steamer itself plus a full-size bottle of Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting and Refining Serum and five travel-size samples of the serum, all for $154 (a $231 value). Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 July 2021 Under the skincare category, there's a facial steamer that helps clear away any congestion that your skin is experiencing, marked down from $65 to just under $39. Taylor Lane, Southern Living, 22 June 2021 The Vernon Fire Department is planning to bring its old-time steamer. Steve Smith,, 10 Aug. 2021 The Red Sox have a cleatPRO glove steamer in their clubhouse, which simplifies the breaking-in process., 7 Aug. 2021 At first, patients sat outside on collapsible steamer chairs or rockers or pulled two stationary chairs together to get comfortable. Debra Judge Silber, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of steamer

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of steamer was in 1802

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23 Sep 2021

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“Steamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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
: 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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