from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A car drawn or driven by steam-power; a railway-car.


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  • His brothers and sisters thought him quite wonderful when it came to planning new means of amusement and building such things as play automobiles and boats and steam-car trains.

    Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's

  • That region now studded with cities and towns, traversed in every direction by the panting steam-car or lightning telegraph, was then an almost unbroken forest, save where the wide prairie rolled its billows of grass towards the western mountains, or was lost in the sterile, salt, and sandy plains of the southwest.

    Choice Specimens of American Literature, and Literary Reader Being Selections from the Chief American Writers

  • When a young woman, who makes much pretension to fine manners and an elegant education, takes the steam-car for a rostrum, and exclaims about her French teacher as "awfully funny but awfully horrid, don't you know; awfully lovely sometimes, but awfully awful at others!" we wonder why she gives so much attention to French when her English vocabulary seems to have reduced itself to the scanty proportions of one word.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out

  • She consented to accompany me, and we provided ourselves with half a bushel of reading matter at Christian Commission Rooms, and secured the aid of a couple of soldiers to carry our books to the street-car, from thence to a steam-car that landed us at the _Clyde_.

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • Bun had the coaster and were playing steam-car with it.

    Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's

  • The struggle was principally between the Comte Chasseloup-Laubat in a steam-car, and M. Lemaitre in a

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • It is painful to see young persons losing their teeth merely for want of a few simple precautions; and one cannot enter stage or steam-car without finding the atmosphere polluted, and rendered absolutely unhealthy for the lungs to breathe, when a proper use of water and charcoal might render it as wholesome and pleasant as a breeze of Eden.

    The Ladies' Vase Polite Manual for Young Ladies

  • Blossom never saw a steam-car nor a city, nor -- nor heard a hand-organ!

    Judith Lynn A Story of the Sea

  • Panhard, with a victory for the former, showing at least that there were possibilities in the steam-car which gasoline had not entirely surpassed.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • A trip of seventy miles is something of an undertaking in that region, and quite a crowd gathered around to witness our departure, not a soul of whom, I will wager, will ever hear the rumble of a stage-coach, or the whistle of a steam-car, in those sandy, deserted streets.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time


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  • A vehicle from the original steampunk era.

    December 9, 2010