from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In thermodynamics, the total heat required to produce steam at any tension from water at 0° C. or 32° F. It is the sum of the sensible heat and the latent heat expressed in thermal units.
  • n. Heat imparted by the condensation of steam in coils, pipes, or radiators.

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  • v. heat by means of steam


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  • In a boiler room there was an oil furnace that would steam-heat the dairy tank.


  • And then, in that steam-heat, she began to birch me, very lightly at first, up the backs of my legs and to my shoulders, and then back again, harder and harder all the time, until I began to yelp.

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  • On the large scale the grains are made by forcing the paste through sieves, dried by steam-heat and polished by rolling against each other in a barrel.

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  • The outer air, penned between high buildings, brought no freshness through the window; steam-heat was beginning to sing in a coil of dingy pipes, and a smell of cooking penetrated the crack of the door.

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  • _He: _ "But I've known cases of love in a four-room flat, with steam-heat and all improvements."

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  • Britishers have slept off your spring mattresses, I'd say, light out for the city and steam-heat afore the snow comes.

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  • Mr. Pilkington detested steam-heat and had scoured the city till he had found a studio apartment with an open fireplace.

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  • A majority of the rooms now had been made more convenient and comfortable by the introduction of steam-heat and electricity; and for these, the general charge had been increased very substantially, — thus all the dormitories on East Lawn and West Lawn, which possessed this addition, were now rented for $74.75 apiece; on West

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  • Sometimes a blast of steam-heat was the method used for the destruction of the chrysalis.

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  • It is one of the ironies of civilization that after passing unscathed through all the fever country, I caught a cold the moment I got back to steam-heat and all the comforts of home.

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