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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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Normal dancing, even some of the freakish aspects of the cult, is a means of letting off steam but there are limits to exuberance.
Later the girls took on the dance floor with some other revellers, boogieing the night away letting off steam at the end of a weekend tennis tournament.
With the Unlucky ones I reckon it's just a way of punters letting off steam or sharing their misery with someone who understands.
By letting off steam and getting your worries off your chest by talking to someone you can trust, you can stop stress from building up to an overwhelming level.
They don't mean anything by it and they are just letting off steam.
Our girls like letting off steam in the forest, which has family-friendly marked trails and a super little cafe.
The veteran comedian and actor (above) concludes his exploration of anger, and finds a few ways of letting off steam, before chatting to celebrities Rory McGrath and Muriel Gray.
THE oft-repeated excuse for the drinking antics of Princes William and Harry - that they are two young men just letting off steam - is wearing a little thin.