steam

1. noun
a) The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.

After three weeks in bed he was finally able to sit up under his own steam.

b) Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.

Dad had to go outside to blow off some steam.

2. verb
a) To cook with steam

It really steams me to see her treat him like that.

b) To produce or vent steam.

With all the heavy breathing going on the windows were quickly steamed in the car.

Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.

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