WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stead•y /ˈstɛdi/USA pronunciation   adj., stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl. stead•ies, v., stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv. 

  • firmly placed; stable:a steady ladder.
  • even or regular in movement:a steady rhythm.
  • free from change or interruption; continuous:a steady diet of bread and water.
  • [usually: before a noun] constant, regular, or habitual:a steady customer at the diner.
  • free from excitement; not easily disturbed;
    calm:steady nerves.
  • firm;
    not weakening or lessening:a steady hand.
  • settled or sober, as a person or habits:a steady pupil who does his work on time.

  • interj. 
  • (used to urge someone or an animal to calm down or be under control):Whoa, steady, big fellow!

  • n. [countable]
  • Informal Termsa person with whom one has a romantic relationship; a boyfriend or girlfriend:That's his steady;
    you can't dance with her!

  • v. 
  • to (cause to) become firm, straight, or steady, as in position, movement, or character: [no object]The boat lurched in the high seas, then steadied again.[+ object]The pilot steadied the plane before everyone got sick.[+ oneself]He staggered, then steadied himself by grabbing the railing.

  • adv. 
  • in a steady manner; steadily:walking none too steady down the road.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsgo steady, [no object] to have a romantic relationship with one person exclusively:They seem a little young to be going steady.

    stead•i•ly /ˈstɛdəli/USA pronunciation  adv.: It rained steadily all night.
    stead•i•ness, n. [uncountable]They admired her steadiness in times of crisis.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    stead•y  (stedē), 
    adj., stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl. stead•ies, v., stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv. 

  • 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:steady nerves.
  • firm;
    unfaltering:a steady gaze; a steady hand.
  • steadfast or unwavering;
    resolute:a steady purpose.
  • settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.](of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
  • go steady, [Informal.]to date one person exclusively:Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.

  • interj. 
  • (used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
  • Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.](a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)

  • n. 
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart;
    boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]a steady visitor, customer, or the like;

  • v.t. 
  • to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.:His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.

  • v.i. 
  • Informal Termsto become steady.

  • adv. 
  • in a firm or steady manner:Hold the ladder steady.
  • [Informal.]steadily, regularly, or continuously:Is she working steady now?
  • Etymology:1520–30;
    1905–10 for def. 13;
    stead + -y1
    steadi•ly, adv. 
    steadi•ness, n. 
    1 . balanced.3 . undeviating, invariable.7 . See steadfast. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    steady /ˈstɛdɪ/ adj (steadier, steadiest)
    1. not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
    2. free from fluctuation
    3. not easily excited; imperturbable
    4. staid; sober
    5. regular; habitual: a steady drinker
    6. continuous: a steady flow
    7. (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
    vb (steadies, steadying, steadied)
    1. to make or become steady
    1. in a steady manner
    2. go steadyinformal to date one person regularly
    n ( pl steadies)
    1. informal one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend
    1. an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
    2. a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
    3. Brit a command to get set to start, as in a race: ready, steady, go!
    Etymology: 16th Century: from stead + -y1; related to Old High German stātīg, Middle Dutch stēdig

    ˈsteadily adv ˈsteadiness n

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