steady (comparative steadier, superlative steadiest)
- Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.
- Hold the ladder steady while I go up.
- Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
- But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window, […].
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
- Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
- Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute.
- a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object
- 2003, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Inserts Only (page 10)
- During programmed changes, no steady green signal indication or flashing yellow signal indication shall be terminated and immediately followed by a steady red or flashing red signal indication without first displaying the steady yellow signal […]
- Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions.
- a steady ride
- Regular and even.
- the steady course of the Sun; a steady breeze of wind
- (firm) robust, solid, untottering
- (constant in purpose or action) dogged, staunch, unyielding; see also Thesaurus:obstinate
- (smooth) fluid
- (regular and even) constant, uniform, unvarying; see also Thesaurus:steady
- (slow) glacial, ponderous, stately; see also Thesaurus:slow
steady (steadies, present participle steadying; past and past participle steadied)
- To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.
- German: stabilisieren
steady (plural steadies)
- A rest or support, as for the hand, a tool, or a piece of work.
- (informal) A regular boyfriend or girlfriend.
- (informal) A prostitute's regular customer.
steady (not comparable)
- (rowing, informal) To row with pressure at a low stroke-rating, often 18 strokes per minute.
- After the sprint pieces, we rowed steady for the rest of practice.