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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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They are safe, ideal places for youngsters to let off steam and tire themselves out.
Pupils at a Yarm school are enjoying a newly modernised action-packed playground to let off steam.
MAY I let off steam about your columnist Lorne Jackson?
Also missing from the legend is the eternal triangle - Lancelot casts longing glances toward Guinevere, but he's mostly content to let off steam in battle, as is she.
And Airbus thinks some of its customers may opt to provide an in-flight creche where children can let off steam while mum and dad enjoy some peace and quiet.
Grumpy train driver Albert Timbrell let off steam after being left in the sidings.
Little ones can let off steam in the gallery's newly refurbished play area, with climbing areas, swings and zip-wires.
TULISA let off steam on Sunday night, taking her groups, The Risk and Rhythmix, out for shots and cocktails at London's Whisky Mist.
He can now run around and jump up and down on his trampoline to let off steam.
Meanwhile, deep in the Tokai forest, a rival band takes over a sports ground to let off steam in an exuberant display of baboon Olympics.
Janice Dunphy, chairman of the PPA, said: "It's a great way for children to let off steam.
VISITORS to a village carnival can let off steam by smashing plates and trying some 'street' dancing.