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steady

adjective \ ˈste-dē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of steady

steadier; steadiest
1 a :direct or sure in movement :unfaltering
  • a steady hand
b :firm in position :fixed
  • held the pole steady
c :keeping nearly upright in a seaway
  • a steady ship
2 :showing little variation or fluctuation :stable, uniform
  • a steady breeze
  • steady prices
3 a :not easily disturbed or upset
  • steady nerves
b (1) :constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment
  • steady friends
(2) :dependable
c :not given to dissipation :sober

steadily

play \ˈste-dᵊl-ē\ adverb

steadiness

play \ˈste-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of steady in a Sentence

  1. She used a tripod to keep the camera steady.

  2. Painting takes a steady hand and a good eye.

  3. Prices have remained steady over the last month.

  4. He finally has a steady job.

  5. They do a steady business at the restaurant.

  6. There has been a steady increase in prices.

  7. I am making steady progress on refinishing the basement.

  8. There was a steady rain all day.

  9. We've received a steady stream of donations.

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Origin and Etymology of steady

Middle English stedy, from stede

Synonym Discussion of steady

steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement.
    • steady progress
even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character.
    • an even distribution
equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes.
    • maintain an equable temper

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steady

verb

Definition of steady

steadied; steadying
transitive verb
:to make or keep steady
intransitive verb
:to become steady

steadier

noun

Examples of steady in a Sentence

  1. He steadied the gun and fired.

  2. She used a tripod to steady the camera.

  3. The doctor gave her medication to help steady her heart rate.

  4. Her heart rate had been erratic but eventually steadied.

  5. Prices have steadied in recent months.

Recent Examples of steady from the Web

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First Known Use of steady

1530


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steady

adverb

Definition of steady

1 :in a steady manner :steadily
2 :on the course set used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship

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First Known Use of steady

circa 1605


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steady

noun

Definition of steady

plural steadies
:one that is steady; specifically :a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady

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First Known Use of steady

1792



STEADY Defined for English Language Learners

steady

verb

Definition of steady for English Language Learners

  • : to keep (something or someone) from moving, shaking, falling, etc.

  • : to cause (something) to stop changing, increasing, decreasing, etc.


steady

adverb

Definition of steady for English Language Learners

  • : in a steady way


steady

noun

Definition of steady for English Language Learners

  • : the only person you are having a romantic relationship with : the person you are going steady with


STEADY Defined for Kids

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steady

adjective \ ˈste-dē \

Definition of steady for Students

steadier; steadiest
1 :firmly fixed in position
  • Make sure the ladder is steady.
2 :direct or sure in action
  • She worked with steady hands.
  • I took steady aim.
3 :showing little change
  • a steady flow of water
  • I found a steady job.
4 :not easily upset
  • steady nerves
5 :reliable
  • a steady worker

steadily

\ˈste-də-lē\ adverb

steadiness

\ˈste-dē-nəs\ noun

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steady

verb

Definition of steady for Students

steadied; steadying
:to make, keep, or become steady
  • He put on some music to steady his nerves.
  • I put the stepladder next to the cart and steadied it with one hand …
  • —Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control


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