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- n. Power derived from water heated into steam, usually converted to motive power by a reciprocating engine or turbine.
- n. Means of transportation based on such power, particularly steamboat/ship or steam train.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the force or energy of steam applied to produce results; power derived from a steam engine.
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Page 364, Volume 4 the mode of operation of the Watt-type expansive condensing engine, in the increasingly wide range of application of steam power in the early nineteenth century, and in the impressive amount of mechanical work that steam engines could perform.