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steam engine

n.
An engine that converts the heat energy of pressurized steam into mechanical energy, especially one in which steam drives a piston in a closed cylinder.

steam′ en`gine


n.
an engine worked by steam, typically one in which a sliding piston in a cylinder is moved by the expansive action of the steam generated in a boiler.
[1745–55]

steam engine

An engine in which the energy of hot steam is converted into mechanical power, especially an engine in which the steam expands in a closed cylinder and drives a piston.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steam engine - external-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces a piston to move up and down in a cylindersteam engine - external-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces a piston to move up and down in a cylinder
boiler, steam boiler - sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
crosshead - metal block that connects to a piston; it slides on parallel guides and moves a connecting rod back and forth
external-combustion engine - a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy
steam chest - the chamber from which steam is distributed to a cylinder
steamship, steamer - a ship powered by one or more steam engines
steam locomotive - a locomotive powered by a steam engine
Translations
مُحَرِّك بُخاري
parní lokomotivaparní strojparostroj
damplokomotiv
höyrykonemäntähöyrykone
locomotive à vapeurmachine à vapeur
parni strojparostroj
gõzgépgõzmozdony
gufuvél
máquina a vapor
parný stroj
ångmaskin
buharlı lokomotif

steam engine

n (Rail) → locomotiva a vapore

steam

(stiːm) noun
1. a gas or vapour that rises from hot or boiling water or other liquid. Steam rose from the plate of soup / the wet earth in the hot sun; a cloud of steam; (also adjective) A sauna is a type of steam bath.
2. power or energy obtained from this. The machinery is driven by steam; Diesel fuel has replaced steam on the railways; (also adjective) steam power, steam engines.
verb
1. to give out steam. A kettle was steaming on the stove.
2. (of a ship, train etc) to move by means of steam. The ship steamed across the bay.
3. to cook by steam. The pudding should be steamed for four hours.
steam-
steam-driven / steam-powered machinery.
ˈsteamer noun
a steamboat or steamship.
ˈsteamy adjective
of, or full of, steam. the steamy atmosphere of the laundry.
ˈsteamboat, ˈsteamship nouns
a ship driven by steam.
steam engine
a moving engine for pulling a train, or a fixed engine, driven by steam.
steam roller
a type of vehicle driven by steam, with wide and heavy wheels for flattening the surface of newly-made roads etc.
full steam ahead
at the greatest speed possible.
get steamed up
to get very upset or angry.
get up steam
to build up energy ready for effort.
let off steam
1. to release steam into the air.
2. to release or get rid of excess energy, emotion etc. The children were letting off steam by running about in the playground.
run out of steam
to lose energy, or become exhausted.
steam up
to (cause to) become covered with steam. The windows steamed up / became steamed up.
under one's own steam
by one's own efforts, without help from others. John gave me a lift in his car, but Mary arrived under her own steam.
References in classic literature ?
On the 20th of July, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson, of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company, had met this moving mass five miles off the east coast of Australia.
Similar facts were observed on the 23rd of July in the same year, in the Pacific Ocean, by the Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
And, completely to put the quietus on any last lingering hopes he might have had of her, he was in the thick of his spectacular and intensely bitter fight with the Coastwise Steam Navigation Company, and the Hawaiian, Nicaraguan, and Pacific-Mexican Steamship-Company.
85 billion acquisition in 2006 of Peninsular and Oriental (P and O) Steam Navigation Company, a storied British shipping and logistics company, by Dubai's state-owned DP World, one the world's largest port management and terminal operators, sparked fears that governments could employ cash-rich sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and state-run companies as political muscle.
The steamship, which was launched in 1946, is operated by a charity, the Waverley Steam Navigation Company.
The steam ship, which was launched in 1946, is operated by a charity, the Waverley Steam Navigation Company.
They are the consortium Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company with Cabo Marina S de RL; the Amba Ltd & Israel Shipyards Ltd; and the China Communications Construction Company Ltd.
David, 71, himself trained as a marine engineer amd often sailed from Liverpool docks on his many voyages to South America with the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
After leaving school, he served an apprenticeship as a marine engineer and went on to work as an engineer with the British India Steam Navigation Company from the late 1920s.
After leaving school he served an apprenticeship as a marine engineer and went on to work as an engineer with the British India Steam Navigation Company from the late 1920s.
The Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Company, the P&O, started in 1837, and it was not until 1960 that it merged with the Orient Line, another British company and previously its arch-rival to Australia.