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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily.
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
From Middle English stede, stedi, from Old English staeththig, from staeth ("stead, bank"). Confer Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, German stätig, stetig. (Wiktionary)