steep (comparative steeper, superlative steepest)
- Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical.
- a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep barometric gradient
- (informal) expensive
- Twenty quid for a shave? That's a bit steep.
- (obsolete) Difficult to access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high.
- (of the rake of a ship's mast, or a car's windshield) resulting in a mast or windshield angle that strongly diverges from the perpendicular
- The steep rake of the windshield enhances the fast lines of the exterior.
- (dialectal) brant
- French: escarpé, abrupt
- German: steil
- Italian: scosceso, ripido, erto
- Portuguese: íngreme, íngrime
- Russian: круто́й
- Spanish: inclinado, escarpado, empinado, acantilado, precipitoso, abrupto
steep (plural steeps)
- The steep side of a mountain etc.; a slope or acclivity.
- It ended precipitously in a dark and narrow ravine, formed on the other side by an opposite mountain, the lofty steep of which was crested by a city gently rising on a gradual slope.
steep (steeps, present participle steeping; past and past participle steeped)
- (transitive, middle voice) To soak or wet thoroughly.
- They steep skins in a tanning solution to create leather.
- The tea is steeping.
- In refreshing dew to steep / The little, trembling flowers.
- (intransitive, figurative) To imbue with something; to be deeply immersed in.
- a town steeped in history
- The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.
- 1989, Black 47, Big Fellah:
- We fought against each other, two brothers steeped in blood / But I never doubted that your heart was broken in the flood / And though we had to shoot you down in golden Béal na mBláth / I always knew that Ireland lost her greatest son of all.
- French: imprégner, imbiber
- German: eintauchen, einweichen
- Italian: macerare, decantare, immergere
- Russian: погружа́ть
- Spanish: macerar, remojar
- French: imprégner
- Russian: пропи́тывать
- Spanish: imbuir
- French: infuser
- German: ziehen lassen (tea)
- Russian: зава́ривать
- A liquid used in a steeping process
- Corn steep has many industrial uses.
- A rennet bag.