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steam

(stēm) [AS. steam, vapor]
1. The invisible vapor into which water is converted at the boiling point.
2. The mist formed by condensation of water vapor.
3. Any vaporous exhalation.

steam

the vapor created by heating water to 212°F (100°C).

steam sterilization
see sterilization (2).
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But they may be surprised that instead of blowing off steam by playing soccer, gossiping at the mall or playing video games, some teens see drugs and alcohol as a way to grapple with tough classes.
Blowing off steam or not, Block said some things he shouldn't have, including a few about Hurd, who was CEO of HP before joining Oracle.
I think that was just Doc blowing off steam," Pierce said.
You suspect he'd have been better blowing off steam at his players, however, because they started the second half as poorly as they had finished the first.
4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of crushing real estate news, frustrated would-be home sellers may soon be blowing off steam by swinging a hammer.
Healthy relationships can withstand anything but your boyfriend blowing off steam and aiming it right at you isn't healthy.