• A process in which logs are heated with steam or hot water in special vats prior to peeling them into veneer. Steaming results in smoother veneer and improved recovery from the log. A similar process is used to prepare wood for bending or shaping.


  • noun a way of cooking food using the steam from boiled water


  • noun an offence committed by a group of youths, usually unarmed, who rush down a street or through a public place such as a train carriage, stealing items and harassing people


  • adjective an otherwise meaningless intensifying adjective, almost invariably used in the now dated expression ‘(a) steaming nit’, which was briefly popular in the early 1960s
  • adjective drunk
  • noun the activity of steamers


  • (written as Steaming)
    A play by the British writer Nell Dunn (1936 - )that caused considerable interest because of the nudity ofits all-female cast. It was first performed in 1981 at the TheatreRoyal, Stratford, and subsequently transferred to London's ComedyTheatre. The title refers to the play's setting in a ladies' Turkishbath. This required the creation of a stage pool containing 2000 gallonsof water, heated and filtered by a mechanical unit that ran for 21.5hours a day; it was only turned off during the performance to eliminateits noise.

    The plot concerns six women who regularly meet in a council-runbath in London's East End. The place answers different needs for eachwoman, providing a refuge from men for the party-girl Josie, a placeto renew an old friendship for Nancy and Jane, and a haven from povertyfor Mrs Meadow and her daughter Dawn. Trouble starts when the councildecides to convert the baths into a library. The women unite to petitionthe council, with Josie finding a new self-confidence as she presentstheir case at the hearing. When the demolition order is confirmedthe women barricade themselves into the building in a last desperateattempt to save the baths.