steady: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sted'ē), [key]
— adj., interj., n., pl. v., adv. stead•i•er, stead•i•est, stead•ies, stead•ied, stead•y•ing,
- 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.
- (of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
- to date one person exclusively: Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.
- (used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
- (a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
- a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
- a steady visitor, customer, or the like; habitué.
- to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.: His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.
- to become steady.
- in a firm or steady manner: Hold the ladder steady.
- steadily, regularly, or continuously: Is she working steady now?
- steady (Thesaurus)