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Definition: High steam
(st[=e]m), n. [OE. stem, steem, vapor, flame, AS.
ste['a]m vapor, smoke, odor; akin to D. stoom steam, perhaps
originally, a pillar, or something rising like a pillar; cf.
Gr. sty`ein to erect, sty^los a pillar, and E. stand.]
1. The elastic, a["e]riform fluid into which water is
converted when heated to the boiling point; water in the
state of vapor.
2. The mist formed by condensed vapor; visible vapor; -- so
called in popular usage.
3. Any exhalation. “A steam of rich, distilled perfumes.”
, steam which does not contain water held in
suspension mechanically; -- sometimes applied to
. See under Exhaust
, or High-pressure steam
, steam of which the
pressure greatly exceeds that of the atmosphere.
, or Low-pressure steam
, steam of which the
pressure is less than, equal to, or not greatly above,
that of the atmosphere.
, steam at the temperature of the boiling
point which corresponds to its pressure; -- sometimes also
applied to wet steam
, steam heated to a temperature higher
than the boiling point corresponding to its pressure. It
can not exist in contact with water, nor contain water,
and resembles a perfect gas; -- called also surcharged steam
, anhydrous steam
, and steam gas
, steam which contains water held in suspension
mechanically; -- called also misty steam
Note: Steam is often used adjectively, and in combination, to
denote, produced by heat, or operated by power, derived
from steam, in distinction from other sources of power;
as in steam boiler or steam-boiler, steam dredger or
steam-dredger, steam engine or steam-engine, steam
heat, steam plow or steam-plow, etc.
(a) A blower for producing a draught consisting of a jet
or jets of steam in a chimney or under a fire.
(b) A fan blower driven directly by a steam engine.
, a boiler for producing steam. See Boiler
3, and Note. In the illustration, the shell a of the
boiler is partly in section, showing the tubes, or flues,
which the hot gases, from the fire beneath the boiler,
enter, after traversing the outside of the shell, and
through which the gases are led to the smoke pipe d, which
delivers them to the chimney; b is the manhole; c the
dome; e the steam pipe; f the feed and blow-off pipe; g
the safety valve; hthe water gauge.
, a car driven by steam power, or drawn by a
, a carriage upon wheels moved on common
roads by steam.
. See Steam jacket
, under Jacket
, the box or chamber from which steam is
distributed to the cylinder of a steam engine, steam pump,
etc., and which usually contains one or more valves; --
called also valve chest
, and valve box
. See Illust. of
, under Slide
, an annular chamber around the chimney of a
boiler furnace, for drying steam.
, a coil of pipe, or a collection of connected
pipes, for containing steam; -- used for heating, drying,
(Calico Printing), colors in which the
chemical reaction fixing the coloring matter in the fiber
is produced by steam.
, the cylinder of a steam engine, which
contains the piston. See Illust. of Slide valve
(Steam Boilers), a chamber upon the top of the
boiler, from which steam is conducted to the engine. See
Illust. of Steam boiler, above.
Steam fire engine
, a fire engine consisting of a steam
boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine,
combined and mounted on wheels. It is usually drawn by
horses, but is sometimes made self-propelling.
, a fitter of steam pipes.
, the act or the occupation of a steam fitter;
also, a pipe fitting for steam pipes.
. See Superheated steam
, an instrument for indicating the pressure of
the steam in a boiler. The mercurial steam gauge
bent tube partially filled with mercury, one end of which
is connected with the boiler while the other is open to
the air, so that the steam by its pressure raises the
mercury in the long limb of the tube to a height
proportioned to that pressure. A more common form,
especially for high pressures, consists of a spring
pressed upon by the steam, and connected with the pointer
of a dial. The spring may be a flattened, bent tube,
closed at one end, which the entering steam tends to
straighten, or it may be a diaphragm of elastic metal, or
a mass of confined air, etc.
, a machine or contrivance from which projectiles
may be thrown by the elastic force of steam.
, a hammer for forging, which is worked
directly by steam; especially, a hammer which is guided
vertically and operated by a vertical steam cylinder
located directly over an anvil. In the variety known as
Nasmyth's, the cylinder is fixed, and the hammer is
attached to the piston rod. In that known as Condie's, the
piston is fixed, and the hammer attached to the lower end
of the cylinder.
(a) A radiator heated by steam.
(b) An apparatus consisting of a steam boiler, radiator,
piping, and fixures for warming a house by steam.
. See under Jacket
, a packet or vessel propelled by steam, and
running periodically between certain ports.
, any pipe for conveying steam; specifically, a
pipe through which steam is supplied to an engine.
or Steam plough
, a plow, or gang of plows,
moved by a steam engine.
, an opening for steam to pass through, as from
the steam chest into the cylinder.
, the force or energy of steam applied to
produce results; power derived from a steam engine.
. See Propeller
, a small pumping engine operated by steam. It is
(Steam Boilers), the space in the boiler above
the water level, and in the dome, which contains steam.
, a table on which are dishes heated by steam
for keeping food warm in the carving room of a hotel,
, a self-acting device by means of which water
that accumulates in a pipe or vessel containing steam will
be discharged without permitting steam to escape.
, a steam vessel used in towing or propelling
, a vessel propelled by steam; a steamboat or
steamship; a steamer.
, an apparatus attached to a steam boiler, as
of a locomotive, through which steam is rapidly
discharged, producing a loud whistle which serves as a
warning or a signal. The steam issues from a narrow
annular orifice around the upper edge of the lower cup or
hemisphere, striking the thin edge of the bell above it,
and producing sound in the manner of an organ pipe or a
, a. [Compar. Higher
; superl. Highest
high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he['a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h,
OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw.
h["o]g, Dan. h["o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound,
G. h["u]gel hill, Lith. kaukaras.]
1. Elevated above any starting point of measurement, as a
line, or surface; having altitude; lifted up; raised or
extended in the direction of the zenith; lofty; tall; as,
a high mountain, tower, tree; the sun is high.
2. Regarded as raised up or elevated; distinguished;
remarkable; conspicuous; superior; -- used indefinitely or
relatively, and often in figurative senses, which are
understood from the connection; as
(a) Elevated in character or quality, whether moral or
intellectual; pre["e]minent; honorable; as, high aims,
or motives. “The highest faculty of the soul.”
(b) Exalted in social standing or general estimation, or
in rank, reputation, office, and the like; dignified;
as, she was welcomed in the highest circles.
He was a wight of high renown. --Shak.
(c) Of noble birth; illustrious; as, of high family.
(d) Of great strength, force, importance, and the like;
strong; mighty; powerful; violent; sometimes,
triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc.; as, a high
wind; high passions. “With rather a high manner.”
Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Can heavenly minds such high resentment show?
(e) Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount;
Both meet to hear and answer such high things.
Plain living and high thinking are no more.
(f) Costly; dear in price; extravagant; as, to hold goods
at a high price.
If they must be good at so high a rate, they
know they may be safe at a cheaper. --South.
(g) Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud; ostentatious; --
used in a bad sense.
An high look and a proud heart . . . is sin.
His forces, after all the high discourses,
amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
3. Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or
superior degree; as, high (i. e., intense) heat; high (i.
e., full or quite) noon; high (i. e., rich or spicy)
seasoning; high (i. e., complete) pleasure; high (i. e.,
deep or vivid) color; high (i. e., extensive, thorough)
High time it is this war now ended were. --Spenser.
High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies.
4. (Cookery) Strong-scented; slightly tainted; as, epicures
do not cook game before it is high.
5. (Mus.) Acute or sharp; -- opposed to grave
a high note.
6. (Phon.) Made with a high position of some part of the
tongue in relation to the palate, as [=e] ([=e]ve), [=oo]
(f[=oo]d). See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 10,
, the chief admiral.
, the principal altar in a church.
High and dry
, out of water; out of reach of the current or
tide; -- said of a vessel, aground or beached.
High and mighty
arrogant; overbearing. [Colloq.]
, art which deals with lofty and dignified subjects
and is characterized by an elevated style avoiding all
, the chief bailiff.
, and Low Church
, two ecclesiastical parties
in the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal
Church. The high-churchmen emphasize the doctrine of the
apostolic succession, and hold, in general, to a
sacramental presence in the Eucharist, to baptismal
regeneration, and to the sole validity of Episcopal
ordination. They attach much importance to ceremonies and
symbols in worship. Low-churchmen lay less stress on these
points, and, in many instances, reject altogether the
peculiar tenets of the high-church school. See Broad Church
(Law), a chief of constabulary. See
, n., 2.
High commission court
, a court of ecclesiastical
jurisdiction in England erected and united to the regal
power by Queen Elizabeth in 1559. On account of the abuse
of its powers it was abolished in 1641.
(Script.), a holy or feast day. --John xix. 31.
(Eccl.), a festival to be observed with full
, or High Dutch
. See under German
, an old Scottish pastime; hence, noisy revelry;
wild sport. [Colloq.] “All the high jinks of the county,
when the lad comes of age.”
(Geog.), one designated by the higher
figures; consequently, a latitude remote from the equator.
, life among the aristocracy or the rich.
, one who indulges in a rich diet.
, a feeding upon rich, pampering food.
. (R. C. Ch.) See under Mass
, a process of making flour from grain by
several successive grindings and intermediate sorting,
instead of by a single grinding.
, the time when the sun is in the meridian.
(Script.), an eminence or mound on which
sacrifices were offered.
. See in the Vocabulary.
. (Fine Arts) See Alto-rilievo
. See under School
(Law), the open sea; the part of the ocean not in
the territorial waters of any particular sovereignty,
usually distant three miles or more from the coast line.
, steam having a high pressure.
, the chief steward.
, tea with meats and extra relishes.
, the greatest flow of the tide; high water.
(a) Quite time; full time for the occasion.
(b) A time of great excitement or enjoyment; a carousal.
, treason against the sovereign or the state,
the highest civil offense. See Treason
Note: It is now sufficient to speak of high treason as
treason simply, seeing that petty treason, as a
distinct offense, has been abolished. --Mozley & W.
, the utmost flow or greatest elevation of the
tide; also, the time of such elevation.
(a) That line of the seashore to which the waters
ordinarily reach at high water.
(b) A mark showing the highest level reached by water in a
river or other body of fresh water, as in time of
(Bot.), a composite shrub (Iva frutescens
), growing in salt marshes along the Atlantic
coast of the United States.
, distilled spirits containing a high percentage
of alcohol; -- usually in the plural.
To be on a high horse
, to be on one's dignity; to bear
one's self loftily. [Colloq.]
With a high hand
(a) With power; in force; triumphantly. “The children of
Israel went out with a high hand.”
--Ex. xiv. 8.
(b) In an overbearing manner, arbitrarily. “They governed
the city with a high hand.”
--Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Syn: Tall; lofty; elevated; noble; exalted; supercilious;
proud; violent; full; dear. See Tall