Definition of steamer in English:


Syllabification: steam·er
Pronunciation: /ˈstēmər


  • 1 informal A ship, boat, or locomotive powered by steam.
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    • There were fast new attack transports, slow rust-scarred freighters, small ocean liners, Channel steamers, hospital ships, weather-beaten tankers, coaster and swarms of fussing tugs.
    • In 1909, another leg was added to the jetty, to facilitate a railway line for the loading of timber onto steamers and tall sailing ships.
    • When sailing ships were replaced by steamers and liners, the heavy ropes were no longer in high demand.
  • 2A type of saucepan in which food can be steamed.
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    • Perhaps in preparation for a forced career change, Hayden brought with him a camping stove, frying pan, wok, bamboo steamer and food processor.
    • Place the ramekins in the prepared steamer and cook until set, about 20 minutes.
    • The dim sum was contained in small bamboo food steamers, tiny but delightful, so that you could order varied dishes.
  • 2.1A device used to direct a jet of hot steam onto a garment in order to remove creases.
  • 4 informal A wetsuit.
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    • But next time I will bring a thicker wetsuit; a 5mm steamer would be about right for the deeper dives.
    • At a distance they look kind of like wetsuits, steamers, but what do they look and feel like up close?
    • Again varies, ranging from requiring a full UK suit in winter to a 5mm steamer or even a shortie wetsuit in summer.

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