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

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Recent Examples on the Web Territory-wide, businesses, especially steamship companies, protested that quarantine edicts threatened their continued existence. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, a deadly outbreak of influenza reached Anchorage. Here’s how Alaskans responded," 19 Apr. 2020 The presence of the passport office helped fill the center’s rental spaces with steamship companies, airlines, consulates, luggage stores and travel agencies. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour," 15 Apr. 2020 Yet with the development of new modes of transportation such as the steamship, its contagion vector was significantly shortened. On Barak, Quartz, "Fossil fuels are propelling Covid-19—and the next pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 The immigrants who eventually passed through Ellis Island started their journey by buying passage on a steamship, usually sailing from Europe. Paul Thompson, National Geographic, "How Ellis Island shepherded millions of immigrants into America," 13 Nov. 2019 Buck sent his daughters to bewitch Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as the Commodore for his vast empire of steamships and railroads. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Nine rare silver quarters recovered from the wreck of a steamship that sank carrying treasure from the California Gold Rush are set for auction. Fox News, "Sunken treasure: Rare coins recovered from 1857 Gold Rush shipwreck," 7 Dec. 2019 With railroads and steamships, and telegraphs and radios, everything began to move more quickly. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What Is Even Going on Out There?," 10 Jan. 2020 But the playground will be built north of the Great Lakes Science Center, on the grass near the William G. Mather steamship. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "First-ever playground planned for downtown Cleveland," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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30 May 2020

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“Steamship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steamship

: a ship that is powered by steam


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