steampunk

[steem-puhngk]
noun
1.
a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
2.
a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.
Also, steam punk, steam-punk.


Origin:
1985–90; modeled on cyberpunk

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Main Entry:  steampunk
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power; also written steam-punk
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As you stare at the heart, what's striking is that it looks so rugged and industrial, almost steampunk.
These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices.
These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices.
The steampunk genre of science fiction has adopted the zeppelin as something of a mascot.
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