Definition of in steam in English:

in steam


  • (of a steam locomotive) ready for work, with steam in the boiler.

    ‘both of the engines were recently in steam’
    • ‘The heritage railway, which runs from Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse, will have five Swindon-built locomotives in steam on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.’
    • ‘Machine power, manifested in steam, internal combustion, and jet engines, provides strategic and tactical mobility and logistic lift to armed forces.’