Looking back, who would have predicted, as the campaign began, that the deciding factors would be competence and steadiness?
Simon is 51 years old, tall, and possessed of a big smile that conveys Midwestern values and steadiness.
Against discipline and steadiness they had never had a chance of victory.
But will the brilliant flame within him burn with steadiness?
But he had noted the steadiness of the latter's eyes and the sneer faded.
Jack felt that everything depended on his coolness and the steadiness of his aim.
There was dignity in the steadiness with which she glided through the still waters.
To any other man the steadiness of Carew's eyes might have been disconcerting.
That is an example of the difference wrought in two men merely by exercise, or the steadiness of training.
She made sure of the steadiness of her voice before she answered.
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.
One's constant and only boyfriend or girlfriend (1897+)