Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fixed or unchanging; steady.
  • adj. Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving. See Synonyms at faithful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Fixed or unchanging; steady.
  • adj. Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Firmly fixed or established; fast fixed; firm.
  • adj. Not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Firm; firmly fixed or established in place or position.
  • Firm; unyielding; unwavering; constant; resolute.
  • Steady; unwavering; concentered.
  • Synonyms Stanch, stable, unflinching.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
  • adj. firm and dependable especially in loyalty

Etymologies

Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst : stede, place; see stead + fæst, fixed, fast; see past- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English stedefast which in turn comes from Old English stedefæst. It is comprised of two parts: stede (“stead, place”) + -fæst (“fixed”). (Wiktionary)

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