under its own steam

Definition of under its own steam

of a ship, boat, etc.

  1. :  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

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

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

    :  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

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

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. : used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. :  to have or hold as property :  possess

    :  to have power or mastery over

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

steamplay
  1. :  a vapor arising from a heated substance

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

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

  1. :  to give out as fumes :  exhale

    :  to apply steam to

    :  to expose to the action of steam (as for softening or cooking)


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