Steam Steam (st[=e]m), v. t. 1. To exhale. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing; as, to steam wood; to steamcloth; to steam food, etc. [1913 Webster]

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