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

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Recent Examples on the Web Arbuckle had already taken a steamship home to L.A. when a reporter informed him that Rappe had died. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Garvey also helped establish several businesses in the eastern United States, including grocery stores, a chain of restaurants and the Black Star Line, an all-Black steamship company. Lisa J. Huriash,, 27 Aug. 2021 The train to Seward and steamship to Seattle appeared only once a week. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2021 Robert Jones, the Barnstable representative on the steamship board, said the directors are already accountable to state law and don’t need additional oversight., 28 Aug. 2021 By the mid-1800s, the accelerated pace of travel by railway and steamship risked seeding new outbreaks on Europe’s borders. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, 20 July 2021 George McLean Shriver III, son of George McLean Shriver Jr., an executive with United States Lines, a steamship company, and his wife, Virginia Spencer Warren Shriver, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Old Court Road in Pikesville. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 6 Aug. 2021 Not until you’ve experienced it from the deck of the William G. Mather steamship. cleveland, 4 Aug. 2021 It was last seen in Europe at London’s National Gallery before departing by steamship for the United States. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of steamship

1790, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steamship was in 1790

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12 Oct 2021

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“Steamship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of steamship

: a ship that is powered by steam


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