Definitions

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

  • adj. Firm in position or place; fixed.
  • adj. Direct and unfaltering; sure.
  • adj. Free or almost free from change, variation, or fluctuation; uniform: a steady increase in value; a steady breeze.
  • adj. Not easily excited or upset: steady nerves.
  • adj. Unwavering, as in purpose; steadfast.
  • adj. Reliable; dependable.
  • adj. Temperate; sober.
  • transitive v. To make or become steady.
  • interj. Nautical Used to direct a helmsman to keep a ship's head in the same direction: Steady as she goes!
  • n. The person whom one dates regularly, usually exclusively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions
  • adj. regular and even
  • adj. slow
  • v. To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.
  • adj. Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute.
  • adj. Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform
  • intransitive v. To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Firmly fixed in place or position; unmoved.
  • Firm or unfaltering in action; resolute: as, a steady stroke; a steady purpose.
  • In this sense much used elliptically in command, for‘keep’ or’ hold steady’: Nautical, an order to the helmsman to keep the ship straight on her course.
  • In hunting, an order to a dog to be wary and careful.
  • Free from irregularity or unevenness, or from tendency to irregular motion; regular; constant; undeviating; uniform: as, steady motion; a steady light; a steady course; a steady breeze; a steady gait.
  • Constant in mind, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to relinquish a purpose: as, to be steady in the pursuit of an object; steady conduct.
  • Hence Sober; industrious; persevering: as, a steady workman.
  • n. In machinery, some device for steadying or holding a piece of work.
  • n. In stone-cutting, a support for blocking up a stone to be dressed, cut, or broken.
  • n. Same as stadda.
  • To make steady; hold or keep from shaking, staggering, swaying, reeling, or falling; support; make or keep firm: as, to steady the hand.
  • Hence To make regular and persevering in character and conduct: as, trouble and disappointment had steadied him.
  • To become steady; regain or maintain an upright or stable position or condition; move steadily.
  • n. A dialectal form of stithy.
  • n. A young man who is the ‘steady company’ of a young woman; also, the young woman in the same relation to the young man.

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

  • adj. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
  • adv. in a steady manner
  • adj. not easily excited or upset
  • adj. not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
  • adj. not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
  • adj. relating to a person who does something regularly
  • v. make steady
  • v. support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
  • adj. securely in position; not shaky
  • n. a person loved by another person

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But on average though, I do think I can use the term steady growth for Texas, because I do see fairly healthy loan growth in Texas relative to other regions in the U.S.

  • He defended what he called steady progress in the war.

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  • Yes, stressing the positive -- yes, stressing what he called steady advances on the battlefield.

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  • Maddison said the HMCS Chicoutimi will finally reach what he calls a "steady state" by 2013, when a third sub comes out of maintenance and can function as a "swing boat" to be moved where needed.

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  • But Mr. Oestreich found himself more focused on the man seated directly behind him, who was connected to an oxygen cart or similar medical device that emitted what he called a steady - and apparently disruptive - ticking sound.

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