steam·​ship ˈstēm-ˌship How to pronounce steamship (audio)

Examples of steamship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Looking back in history, the steam engine developed by James Watt in 1769 not only revolutionized the power of machines but also revolutionized locomotion when applied to steamships and steam locomotives. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 In December 1914, monster seas shoved a steamship carrying a cargo of Christmas toys into the pier, slicing both pier and oil pipeline in half. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 On a warm summer night more than 130 years ago, a young steamship unknowingly set sail for the last time — only to be found intact hundreds of feet underwater, 40 miles from Holland. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2024 Today in history On this day in 1849, the California gold rush began in earnest as regular steamship service started bringing gold-seekers to San Francisco. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for steamship 

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Word History

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steamship was in 1790

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“Steamship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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