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

     

    steam

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they steam
    BrE BrE//stiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːm//
     
    he / she / it steams
    BrE BrE//stiːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmz//
     
    past simple steamed
    BrE BrE//stiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmd//
     
    past participle steamed
    BrE BrE//stiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stiːmd//
     
    -ing form steaming
    BrE BrE//ˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstiːmɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to send out steam Our damp clothes steamed in the heat. a mug of steaming hot coffee
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] steam (something) to place food over boiling water so that it cooks in the steam; to be cooked in this way steamed fish CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper See related entries: Ways of cooking
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a boat, ship, etc.) to move using the power produced by steam The boat steamed across the lake.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. (especially of a person) to go somewhere very quickly He spotted her steaming down the corridor towards him. (figurative) The company is steaming ahead with its investment programme.
  5. Word Origin Old English stēam ‘vapour’, stēman ‘emit a scent, be exhaled’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stoom ‘steam’.Idioms
    be/get (all) steamed up (about/over something)(North American English also be steamed (about something))
     
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    (informal) to be/become very angry or excited about something You’re getting all steamed up about nothing! See related entries: Excitement, Anger
    Phrasal Verbssteam somethingoffsteam somethingopensteam up
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