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British English: /stiːm/
American English: /stim/

Translation of steam in French:


  • 1 (vapour)
    (in room, on window) buée (f)
    vegetables cooked in steam
    légumes cuits à la vapeur
    machines/trains powered by steam
    machines/trains à vapeur
    steam rose from the ground
    la vapeur montait du sol
    my breath turned to steam in the cold
    je faisais de la buée en respirant dans le froid
    before n (bath, cloud)
    de vapeur
    à la vapeur
    (boiler, iron, railway)
    à vapeur
  • 2 (Mechanics) (from pressure) to get up ou raise steam
    mettre la chaudière sous pression
    the locomotive is under steam
    la locomotive est sous pression
    full steam ahead! (Nautical) [figurative]
    en avant toute!

transitive verb

  • (Culinary)
    faire cuire [quelque chose] à la vapeur (vegetables)
    steamed carrots
    carottes à la vapeur
    steamed pudding (British English)
    pudding cuit à la vapeur

intransitive verb

  • 2 (Railways)the trains used to steam across ou through the countryside
    autrefois les trains traversaient la campagne en crachant des nuages de fumée
  • 3 [informal] (move fast)
    se précipiter


to get up ou pick up steam

(machine, vehicle)
prendre de la vitesse

to run out of steam

(athlete, orator, economy)

to let ou blow off steam

(use excess energy) se défouler [informal]
(lose one's temper) se mettre en colère

to get somewhere under one's own steam

se rendre or aller quelque part par ses propres moyens

Phrasal verbs

steam ahead

to steam ahead in the polls
progresser dans les sondages
she's steaming ahead with her thesis
sa thèse avance bien

steam off

1 steam off
s'éloigner dans un nuage de vapeur
(in anger) partir furieux/-ieuse
2 steam [something] off, steam off [something]

steam open

steam [something] open, steam open [something]
décacheter [quelque chose] à la vapeur (envelope, letter)

steam up

1 steam up
(window, glasses)
2 steam [something] up
embuer (window)
to get steamed up [figurative]
se mettre dans tous ses états (over à propos de)
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