adjective, steadier, steadiest.
firmly placed or fixed; stable in position or equilibrium:
a steady ladder.
even or regular in movement:
the steady swing of the pendulum.
free from change, variation, or interruption; uniform; continuous:
a steady diet of meat and potatoes; a steady wind.
constant, regular, or habitual:
a steady job.
free from excitement or agitation; calm:
a steady gaze; a steady hand.
steadfast or unwavering; resolute:
a steady purpose.
settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
Nautical. (of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
(used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
Nautical. (a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
noun, plural steadies.
Informal. a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
Informal. a steady visitor, customer, or the like; habitué.
verb (used with object), steadied, steadying.
to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.:
His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.
verb (used without object), steadied, steadying.
to become steady.
in a firm or steady manner:
Hold the ladder steady.
Informal. steadily, regularly, or continuously:
Is she working steady now?
go steady, Informal. to date one person exclusively:
Her father didn’t approve of her going steady at such an early age.
adjective steadier, steadiest
not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
free from fluctuation: the level stayed steady
not easily excited; imperturbable
regular; habitual: a steady drinker
continuous: a steady flow
(nautical) (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
verb steadies, steadying, steadied
to make or become steady
in a steady manner
(informal) go steady, to date one person regularly
noun (pl) steadies
(informal) one’s regular boyfriend or girlfriend
(nautical) an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
(Brit) a command to get set to start, as in a race: ready, steady, go!
stay out of the kitchen
- Steady as a rock
Firm, dependable, as in Betty always knows her part; she’s steady as a rock. This simile uses rock in the sense of “something that affords a sure support,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.
[sted-ee-goh-ing] /ˈstɛd iˈgoʊ ɪŋ/ adjective 1. steadfast; faithful; unchanging: steady-going service to the cause of justice. 2. regular and dependable, as in habits of living: a steady-going family man.
[sted-ee-han-did] /ˈstɛd iˈhæn dɪd/ adjective 1. having steady hands; having self-control; calm.
noun, Astronomy. 1. a theory in which the universe is assumed to have average properties that are constant in space and time so that new matter must be continuously and spontaneously created to maintain average densities as the universe expands. steady state theory A cosmological theory stating that the universe has always expanded at a […]