- 1the hot gas that water changes into when it boils Steam rose from the boiling kettle. a Turkish steam bath
- 2the power that is produced from steam under pressure, used to operate engines, machines, etc. the introduction of steam in the 18th century steam power the steam age a steam train/engine
- 3very small drops of water that form in the air or on cold surfaces when warm air suddenly cools synonym condensation She wiped the steam from her glasses. Idioms
- 1(informal) to become gradually more powerful, active, etc. His election campaign is beginning to pick up steam.
- 2(of a vehicle) to increase speed gradually
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with as much speed or energy as possible
full speed/steam aheadjump to other results
to go somewhere without help from other people I'll get to the party under my own steam.
get, etc. somewhere under your own steam (informal)jump to other results
to get rid of your energy, anger, or strong emotions by doing something active or noisy I went for a long walk to let off some steam.
let/blow off (some) steam (informal)jump to other results
pick up steamjump to other results
to lose energy and enthusiasm and stop doing something, or do it less well
run out of steam (informal)jump to other results