Definition of the age of steam from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the age of steam

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a phrase sometimes used to refer to the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain, when different types of steam engine were being invented and developed by people such as James Watt and George Stephenson. Steam engines were used as the power for factories, ships and trains. Some people in Britain speak of the age of steam with feelings of sadness because they imagine that life was more pleasant and relaxed then.