how to pronounce steam


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the above transcription of steam is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

steam is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of steam in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… station run by a steam boiler driven …”

meanings of steam


  1. Initialism of serial time-encoded amplified microscopy.
  2. Abbreviation of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics.
  3. Internal energy for motive power.
  4. Travel by means of a steam-powered vehicle.
  5. Fencing without the use of any electric equipment.
  6. Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.
  7. A steam-powered vehicle.
  8. Any exhalation.
  9. Pent-up anger.
  10. The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.
  11. The act of cooking by steaming.


  1. To produce or vent steam.
  2. To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing.
  3. To become angry; to fume; to be incensed.
  4. To be covered with condensed water vapor.
  5. To travel by means of steam power.
  6. To exhale.
  7. To move with great or excessive purposefulness.
  8. To rise in vapour; to issue, or pass off, as vapour.
  9. To cook with steam.
  10. To make angry.


  1. Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.

steam frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word steam occurs in english on average 17.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics steam can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that steam can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to steam


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