Definition of steamer in English:

steamer

Line breaks: steam¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈstiːmə
 
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noun

1A 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.
3A device used to direct a jet of hot steam on to 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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