[stee-puh n]

Origin of steepen

First recorded in 1840–50; steep1 + -en1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for steepened

Historical Examples of steepened

  • The grade has ever steepened, till now it is forty degrees or more.

    The Columbia River

    William Denison Lyman

  • The side walls were steepened and precipitous cirques were formed at the valley heads.

  • The slope had now steepened considerably, and further conversation died out in the effort of climbing.

    The Image and the Likeness

    John Scott Campbell

  • If by chance the detritus accumulates rapidly, the slope is steepened and the work of the torrent made more efficient.

    Outlines of the Earth's History

    Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

  • Meanwhile the sides of the valley head are steepened and driven back to precipitous walls.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

British Dictionary definitions for steepened


  1. to become or cause to become steep or steeper
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