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Definition of "steamer" [steam•er]

  • One that steams. (noun)
  • A steamship. (noun)
  • A vehicle, machine, or engine driven by steam. (noun)
  • A container in which something is steamed. (noun)
  • See soft-shell clam. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "steamer" in a sentence
  • "The steamer outwards from Barbadoes could land, and the homeward (p.  123) bound packet take up the Haytian mails at Cape Henry, when the return packet goes by the north side; and the _return_ Haytian mails could be picked up at Jacmel, if the packet, _when a steamer_, calls, as she may do, at that place on her voyage to Jamaica, preparatory to her return by way of St. Jago and Cape Nichola to Fayal or Falmouth."
  • "Peaking out of the top steamer is thousands of disposable chopstick — accumulated in less than a year by a ‘one child policy’ family — packed together and standing on end."
  • "To cook dumplings, bring water to a boil in the bottom of your steamer or pot (a bamboo steamer is ideal)."