a heavy steam-powered vehicle having a roller for crushing, compacting, or leveling materials used for a road or the like.
(not in technical use) any similar vehicle with a roller.
an overpowering force, especially one that crushes all opposition with ruthless disregard for individual rights.
verb (used with object)
to crush or flatten with a steamroller.
to overcome with superior force:
to steamroller the competition.
to bring about the adoption of by overwhelming pressure:
to steamroller the resolution through.
verb (used without object)
to proceed with implacable force.
suggestive of a steamroller; ruthlessly overpowering:
a steam-powered vehicle with heavy rollers at the front and rear used for compressing road surfaces during road-making
another word for roadroller
an overpowering force or a person with such force that overcomes all opposition
(as modifier): steamroller tactics
(transitive) to crush (opposition, etc) by overpowering force
noun 1. a steam-filled and heated room to induce sweating, as in a Turkish bath. noun 1. a room that can be filled with steam for use as a steam bath
noun 1. a large commercial vessel, especially one driven by steam. noun 1. a ship powered by one or more steam engines
noun 1. a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler. steam-shovel noun 1. a steam-driven mechanical excavator, esp one having a large bucket or grab on a beam slung from a revolving jib
- Steam someone up