Steam is water droplets in the air, generated when boiled water becomes water vapor and then condenses in the cooler air. Steam can also refer to the type of pressurized water vapor used to heat homes and drive machinery, such as steam engines.
My son takes very long showers and always has the water as hot as he can stand it. When he opens the bathroom door, a cloud of steam usually escapes.
We went on a tour of the train yard, and had the chance to see the very last steam engine that was regularly used. It's still fully functional!
There are many expressions that use the word steam. One is pick up steam, which means to increase speed or momentum. Also, let off steam and blow off steam both mean release pent-up energy or emotions.
When I first started splitting the firewood, the going was slow, since I hadn't done it in a long time. But now that I'm getting back into the rhythm of it, I'm really picking up steam.
To handle something is to explore it with your hands; to examine it physically; to manipulate it. Handle can also have a figurative meaning, to have the ability to deal with something, such as an illness or a challenge is to handle it.
I never buy antiques in online auctions. I prefer to handle any item prior to purchase in order to make an assessment of its authenticity and quality.
Our supervisor thought Mike would be unable to handle the challenges of his new position, but he is proving to be a model employee.
The expression get a handle on something means to understand something, to manipulate or explore the information in a way that leads you to comprehend it.
The teacher explained that students often struggle with algebraic concepts for the first few weeks of instruction, but once they get a handle on the concepts behind the process, they acclimate very well to her course.
It took me a while to get a handle on the different techniques used in deep water fishing, but I feel confident enough now to help others learn the sport.