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Main Entry: 1steady
Pronunciation: 'ste-dE
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): steadi·er; -est
Etymology: Middle English stedy, from stede
Date: 14th century
1 a : direct or sure in movement : UNFALTERING <a steady hand> b : firm in position : FIXED <held the pole steady> c : keeping nearly upright in a seaway <a steady ship>
2 : showing little variation or fluctuation : STABLE, UNIFORM <a steady breeze> <steady prices>
3 a : not easily disturbed or upset <steady nerves> b (1) : constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment <steady friends> (2) : DEPENDABLE c : not given to dissipation : SOBER
- steadi·ly /'ste-d&l-E/ adverb
- steadi·ness /'ste-dE-n&s/ noun
synonyms STEADY, EVEN, EQUABLE mean not varying throughout a course or extent. STEADY implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement <steady progress>. EVEN suggests a lack of variation in quality or character <an even distribution>. EQUABLE implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes <maintain an equable temper>.