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Meaning of steady by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English stede, stedi, from Old English staeththig, from staeth ( “stead, bank” ). Confer Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, German stätig, stetig .


    steady ( comparative steadier, superlative steadiest )

    1. smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions
    2. regular and even
    3. slow


    Derived terms

    External links

    • steady in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • steady in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • steady at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of steady by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make steady

    2. steady yourself
    3. support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

    1. in a steady manner

    1. not easily excited or upset

    2. steady nerves
    3. relating to a person who does something regularly

    4. a steady drinker
    5. marked by firm determination or resolution

    6. securely in position

    7. held the ladder steady
    8. not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

    9. not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

    10. a steady beat
      a steady job
      a steady breeze
      a steady increase
      a good steady ballplayer
    1. a person loved by another person

    Definition of steady by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Steady a. [Compar. Steadier ( -ĭẽr ); superl. Steadiest.] [Cf. AS. stedig sterile, barren, staeððig, steady ( in gestaeððig ), D. stedig, stadig, steeg, G. stätig, stetig. See Stead, n.]
      1. Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm. “The softest, steadiest plume.” Keble.

      Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute. Sir P. Sidney.

      2. Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute; as, “a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object”.

      3. Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, “the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind.”

      Syn. -- Fixed; regular; uniform; undeviating; invariable; unremitted; stable.

      Steady rest ( Mach ), a rest in a turning lathe, to keep a long piece of work from trembling.

    2. Steady, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steadied ( -ĭd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Steadying.] To make steady; to hold or keep from shaking, reeling, or falling; to make or keep firm; to support; to make constant, regular, or resolute.

    3. Steady, v. i. To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily.

      Without a breeze, without a tide,

      She steadies with upright keel. Coleridge.