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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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I am writing this in the light from the furnace door of the steam launch.
When for a moment I raised my head to take breath and throw the hair and water from my eyes, the steam was rising in a whirling white fog that at first hid the Martians alto- gether.
I was reminded of it, however, by the sight of the same pair of simple pilgrims at whom we had laughed so heartily when Apollyon puffed smoke and steam into their faces at the commencement of our journey.
Because of their steam propulsion, the American ships were larger and with a more graceful outline.
We had a good deal of trouble with steam launches that morning.
He tried to tell it to Joe, but Joe had visions of his own, infallible schemes whereby he would escape the slavery of laundry-work and become himself the owner of a great steam laundry.
Then I started tull go out un the stream an' drop anchor--under me own steam, of course.
I was passing coal to the firemen, who shovelled it into the furnaces, where its energy was transformed into steam, which, in the engine-room, was transformed into the electricity with which the electricians worked.
Why, bless you, sir, it is in the steam launch that he has gone.
The coachman catches his whip into a double thong, and throws it to the hostler; the steam of the horses rises straight up into the air.
Captain MacWhirr had begun by taking off his coat, which he hung on the end of a steam windless embodying all the latest improvements.
s Aunt already stumbling over some impediment, and menacing steam power as an Institution with a stony reticule she carried.