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 pronunciationadv.: It rained steadily all night.
    stead•i•ness, n. [uncountable]They admired her steadiness in times of crisis.

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    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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