from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Driven directly by the pressure of steam, either at boiler-pressure or while expanding, or by the impact of a jet of steam.
  • Propelled by a steam-engine: as, a steam-driven motor-car.


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  • Before the invention of steam or steam-driven looms, three thousand years before, I had rotted in prison in old Babylon; and, trust me, I speak the truth when I say that in that ancient day we prisoners wove more efficiently on handlooms than did the prisoners in the steam-powered loom rooms of San Quentin.

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  • The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition.

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  • In France, the Lumiere Brothers captured scenes of steam-driven trains and well-dressed boulevard pedestrians.

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  • YA author Scott Westerfeld's next novel is Leviathan, a remarkable YA steampunk adventure story that pits Darwinists (the English side, with their evolved war-machines created by splicing and dicing various animals 'genomes to make zeppelins) against the Machinists (the German side, who use enormous, precision-made, steam-driven mecha and the like) in an alternate WWI.

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  • • Looked at a 15th century steam-driven iPhone prototype.

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  • Prince Charles is proud to declare himself "someone who grew up to the sounds of The Goon Show on the steam-driven wireless".

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  • Bassett-Lowke of Northampton then began to produce small navies, clockwork or steam-driven, while what's known as "Queen Mary fever" led to Cunard liners that could run around the carpet on wheels.

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  • In 1899 William McKinley became the first president to ride in a car, though the steam-driven engine that carried him was soon obsolete.

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  • The steam-driven catapult slingshot it down the tarmac at an astonishing 160 km/h!

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  • In "The Lollygang Save the World on Accident," Jay Lake paints a steam-driven world in which the residents live in a huge, one-mile-diameter pipe divided into many different levels.

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