Steady definition

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Free or almost free from change, variation, or fluctuation; uniform.

A steady increase in value; a steady breeze.

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Reliable; dependable.
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Not easily excited or upset.

Steady nerves.

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The definition of steady is firm, constant and free from change.

An example of something steady is a relationship that has lasted for well over 30 years.

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Unwavering, as in purpose; steadfast.
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Temperate; sober.
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To make or become steady.
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Used to direct a helmsman to keep a ship's head in the same direction.

Steady as she goes!

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The person whom one dates regularly, usually exclusively.
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That does not shake, tremble, totter, etc.; firm; fixed; stable.
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Constant, regular, uniform, or continuous; not changing, wavering, or faltering.

A steady gaze, a steady diet, a steady rhythm.

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Not given to sudden changes in behavior, loyalty, disposition, etc.
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Habitual or regular; by habit.

A steady customer.

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Not easily agitated, excited, or upset; calm and controlled.

Steady nerves.

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Grave; sober; staid; reliable; not frivolous or dissipated.
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Staying headed in the same direction.
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Stay calm; control yourself.
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Proceed carefully.
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(naut.) Keep the ship or boat on its present course.
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To make or become steady.
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(informal) A person whom one dates regularly and exclusively; sweetheart.
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In a steady manner.
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Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.

Hold the ladder steady while I go up.

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Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute.

A man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object.

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Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions.

A steady ride.

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The steady course of the Sun; a steady breeze of wind.

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To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.
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(informal) A regular customer.
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Steady means to make firm or unchanging.

An example of to steady is to put a support under a wobbly table.

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Steady is defined as to stay calm and keep the ship heading in the same direction.

An example of steady used as an interjection is in the sentence "Steady she goes!" which means to keep the ship heading in the same direction.

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Firm in position or place; fixed.
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Direct and unfaltering; sure.
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(informal) go steady
  • to date someone regularly and exclusively
  • to date each other regularly and exclusively
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
steady
Comparative:
steadier
Superlative:
steadiest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of steady

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

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