under its own steam

Definition of under its own steam

of a ship, boat, etc.
:by using its own power or efforts
  • The ship was damaged but was able to return to port under its own steam.
often used figuratively
  • He became a success under his own steam.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

steam play
  1. : a vapor arising from a heated substance

  2. : the invisible vapor into which water is converted when heated to the boiling point

  3. : the mist formed by the condensation on cooling of water vapor

  1. : to give out as fumes : exhale

  2. : to apply steam to

  3. : to rise or pass off as vapor


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