- 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. (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.)
- Informal. a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Informal. 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.
- 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.
Origin of steady
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Examples from the Web for steadily
Slow at first, then steadily, a stream of liquid drips off the incision.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
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It was reaffirmed in 2012, and popular support has been steadily building an ever—healthier majority for marriage equality.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
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Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is steadily but narrowly leading GOP challenger Thom Tillis.Who Are the Judicial Activists Now?
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Tensions have been steadily rising for years, but recent developments have been different from the annual protests of past.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
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The birth rate to unmarried mothers has, with a few pauses, steadily climbed since the 1940s.Unwed Women in the United States Are Having Fewer Babies
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As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.Explorations in Australia
I must keep on steadily with Ted's Latin this fall and winter.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
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As she turned at the close of the service he was looking at her steadily.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"But I do not love you," Sidney replied, mentally but steadily.
The breach between Palmer and Christine was steadily widening.
- not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
- free from fluctuationthe level stayed steady
- not easily excited; imperturbable
- staid; sober
- regular; habituala steady drinker
- continuousa steady flow
- nautical (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
- to make or become steady
- in a steady manner
- go steady informal to date one person regularly
- 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
- British a command to get set to start, as in a raceready, steady, go!
Word Origin and History for steadily
1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.
Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.
1520s, from steady (adj.). Related: Steadied; steadying.
"one's boyfriend or girlfriend," 1897 from steady (adj.); to go steady is 1905 in teenager slang.