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Drifts vs Steam - What's the difference?

drifts | steam |

As a noun drifts

is .

As a verb drifts

is (drift).

As an initialism steam is





  • Verb

  • (drift)
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    (wikipedia steam)


  • The vapor formed when water changes from liquid phase to gas phase.
  • Pressurized water vapour used for heating, cooking, or to provide mechanical energy.
  • (figuratively) Internal energy for motive power.
  • After three weeks in bed he was finally able to sit up under his own steam .
  • (figuratively) Pent-up anger.
  • Dad had to go outside to blow off some steam .
  • A steam-powered vehicle.
  • Travel by means of a steam-powered vehicle.
  • (obsolete) Any exhalation.
  • * Milton
  • a steam of rich, distilled perfumes


    * (a steam-powered vehicle) steamer

    Derived terms

    * blow off steam * build up steam * steam bath * steamboat * steam boiler * steam condenser * steam distillation * steam engine * steam hammer * steam heater * steam iron * steam locomotive * steam power * steam-powered * steam railroad * steamroller * steamship * steam shovel * steam train * steam turbine * run out of steam * under one's own steam


    (en verb)
  • (cooking) To cook with steam.
  • To expose to the action of steam; to apply steam to for softening, dressing, or preparing.
  • to steam wood or cloth
  • To produce or vent steam.
  • * Dryden
  • My brother's ghost hangs hovering there, / O'er his warm blood, that steams into the air.
  • To rise in vapour; to issue, or pass off, as vapour.
  • * Boyle
  • The dissolved amber steamed away into the air.
  • (figuratively) To become angry; to fume; to be incensed.
  • (figuratively) To make angry.
  • It really steams me to see her treat him like that.
  • To be covered with condensed water vapor.
  • With all the heavy breathing going on the windows were quickly steamed in the car.
  • To travel by means of steam power.
  • We steamed around the Mediterranean.
  • * N. P. Willis
  • The vessel steamed out of port.
  • (figuratively, or, literally) To move with great or excessive purposefulness.
  • If he heard of anyone picking the fruit he would steam off and lecture them.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=That was the hard work largely done as the Ivorian waited for Malouda to steam into the box before releasing a simple crossed pass which the Frenchman side-footed home with aplomb. }}
  • (obsolete) To exhale.
  • (Spenser)


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * steamer * steaming


  • Old-fashioned; from before the digital age.
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