steady

Definitions

  • Keep your body steady
    Keep your body steady
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj steady not easily excited or upset "steady nerves"
    • adj steady relating to a person who does something regularly "a regular customer","a steady drinker"
    • adj steady marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable "firm convictions","a firm mouth","steadfast resolve","a man of unbendable perseverence","unwavering loyalty"
    • adj steady securely in position; not shaky "held the ladder steady"
    • adj steady not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall "stocks are still firm"
    • adj steady not subject to change or variation especially in behavior "a steady beat","a steady job","a steady breeze","a steady increase","a good steady ballplayer"
    • adv steady in a steady manner "he could still walk steadily"
    • v steady make steady "steady yourself"
    • v steady support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"
    • n steady a person loved by another person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steady Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute; as, a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object.
    • Steady Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm. "The softest, steadiest plume.""Their feet steady , their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute."
    • Steady Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind.
    • v. i Steady To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily. "Without a breeze, without a tide,
      She steadies with upright keel."
    • v. t Steady To make steady; to hold or keep from shaking, reeling, or falling; to make or keep firm; to support; to make constant, regular, or resolute.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • steady Firmly fixed in place or position; unmoved.
    • steady Firm or unfaltering in action; resolute: as, a steady stroke; a steady purpose.
    • steady In this sense much used elliptically in command, for‘keep’ or’ hold steady’: Nautical, an order to the helmsman to keep the ship straight on her course.
    • steady In hunting, an order to a dog to be wary and careful.
    • steady Free from irregularity or unevenness, or from tendency to irregular motion; regular; constant; undeviating; uniform: as, steady motion; a steady light; a steady course; a steady breeze; a steady gait.
    • steady Constant in mind, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to relinquish a purpose: as, to be steady in the pursuit of an object; steady conduct.
    • steady Hence Sober; industrious; persevering: as, a steady workman.
    • n steady In machinery, some device for steadying or holding a piece of work. Specifically, in button-manuf., a hand-support for a button-blank, upon which, used in conjunction with another implement called a grip, the blank is held between the alined rotating spindles carrying cutters for shaping it into the required form.
    • n steady In stone-cutting, a support for blocking up a stone to be dressed, cut, or broken.
    • n steady Same as stadda.
    • steady To make steady; hold or keep from shaking, staggering, swaying, reeling, or falling; support; make or keep firm: as, to steady the hand.
    • steady Hence To make regular and persevering in character and conduct: as, trouble and disappointment had steadied him.
    • steady To become steady; regain or maintain an upright or stable position or condition; move steadily.
    • n steady A dialectal form of stithy.
    • n steady A young man who is the ‘steady company’ of a young woman; also, the young woman in the same relation to the young man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Steady sted′i (comp. Stead′ier, superl. Stead′iest) firm in standing or in place: fixed: stable: constant: resolute: consistent: regular: uniform: sober, industrious
    • v.t Steady to make steady: to make or keep firm:—pa.t. and pa.p. stead′ied
    • n Steady a rest or support, as for the hand, a tool, or a piece of work
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Quotations

  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule -- these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature.”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye”
  • Lord Chesterfield
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    “Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.”
  • Thomas Robert Dewar
    Thomas Robert Dewar
    “No wife can endure a gambling husband; unless he is a steady winner.”

Idioms

Slow and steady wins the race - This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. stedig, sterile, barren, stæððig, steady (in gestæððig,), D. stedig, stadig, steeg, G. stätig, stetig,. See Stead (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Outside the snow fell in very large flakes, large and many, straight and steady, there being no wind.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The young man's face was sullen, but his head was held very erect, and his eyes were steady and unwavering as he watched the big man.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
After sundown a steady Scotch drizzle settles down upon us.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
Two hours of steady climbing, with her mare oblique beneath her weight, and Beth felt an awe in her being.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Merryon steadied him with the utmost composure.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The Manager saw the smile on his face, and gave him a long steady look as he sat down to his desk in the corner.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
He walked down the floor of the vestry and back again, and his steps were quite steady; so he took another sip.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
There was grace in every line of her, and witchery in the eyes that watched Warden with a steady gaze.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She was steady and quick as a woman in such a perilous position could be.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Even when I awoke it kept me steady, in a way.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Inch by inch, foot by foot, he wiggled out; Moylan, comprehending, caught his legs, holding him steady against the mad pitching.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
The Planeteers towed them two crates at a time in a steady line of hurrying men.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
His steady eyes swept the place with dispassionate scrutiny.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
To-day it was in a condition of genuine, dull, steady anxiety, now and then shot through by a fiercer pang.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
If the receiver sees that the sender's mirror needs adjustment, he will turn on a steady flash until answered by a steady flash.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
He ran with the hard, steady stride of one carrying a message.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The hand that held it was steady, the eyes back of it merciless.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He seemed unable to endure that steady glance.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Now the public knew, and as the American public is given to doing, it steadied down when it knew the worst.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
But the blue in her eyes was as steady as the blue in the sky as she looked at Jolly Roger.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

With steady look, it keeps its eye
Fixed firmly on its foe;
With panting zeal it hurries by,
To make its deadly throw.
"Hate" by Thomas Frederick Young
And without, with tireless vigor,
Steady heart, and weapon strong,
In the power of truth assailing
Every form of wrong.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
And ever, with steady con,
The ship forged slowly by—
And ever the crew fought on,
And their cheers rang loud and high.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
And a pallid, tearless woman
By the cold hearth sits alone;
And the old clock in the corner
Ticks on with a steady drone.
"After All" by William Winter
There does she bide the livelong day,
Grim as the poplars are,
Ever her gaze goes reaching out,
Steady, but vague and far.
"My Lady Of Castle Grand" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
On true affection's altar, then,
With radiance most benign,
The vestal lamp, with steady light,
Should ever brightly shine.
"How To Make Home Happy" by Lizzie E Palmer

In news:

We had a steady rain earlier this morning.
LONDON, Ohio — The record-setting drought of 2012 has finally let up for much of Ohio — with steady rain events the last couple weeks.
How does working by referral generate a steady stream of leads.
Pence has been nothing if not disciplined in maintaining a steady focus on jobs and education in his campaign until this point, and in a state with an 8 percent jobless rate, that's good.
The drums pound out a strong, steady beat.
Rain came down during the entire game at a steady rate, tapering off in the last quarter and producing a muddy field and a higher rate of fumbles.
Drought holds steady, clouding crop outlook.
Starved and nearly decapitated by a coffee can around her neck, Olivia the dog is making steady improvement since having surgery Monday.
SAT Scores Remain Steady For Class Of 2012.
Mavericks make post season for first time ever behind Frank's steady hand.
The February jobs report showed the unemployment rate steady at 9.7 percent and 36,000 jobs lost.
Winds will remain steady around 6 miles per hour from the west.
The knot was there thanks to the steady pounding of Quartey's jab over 12 rounds.
With a steady stream of A-list national celebrities, roving television crews and crowds of excited onlookers packed several rows deep, the Bayreuth Festival opened its 93rd season here on Sunday afternoon.
The first international study of major depression reveals a steady rise in the disorder worldwide.
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In science:

The homogeneous steady state is stable if the perturbed system returns to it after some time steps.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
The full parameter space corresponding to Eq.(2) contains a region in which the homogeneous steady state is stable.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 1 shows a distribution of Turing peaks in the steady state of a regular network (square lattice with 2500 nodes) with parameter values given by Da = 0.00055, Dh = 0.01, ρa = µa = 0.00055, ρh = µh = 0.0011.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
The maximum height attained in the steady state is more or less the same in the cases of the random and scale-free networks.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Each data point in Figs. 2-4 is an average over five realizati ons of the steady state.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 5 shows the connectivity of the node i at which the activator concentration has the highest value in the steady state, versus d.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
As a result, the highest activator concentration in the steady state increases with lowered values of Da (Fig. 4).
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 7 shows the distribution of activator concentration in the steady states of the regular and scale-free networks for Da = 0.000015 and Dh = 0.01 .
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
The differences can be explained in terms of the small world character of the first two types of networks, These networks also exhibit an interesting plateau structure in a plot of the connectivity of the node i at which the activator concentration has the highest value in the steady state, versus d.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
The range of Dh values for which Turing patterns form in the steady state is not sufficiently long to study the variation w ith respect to Dh , keeping Da fixed.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 2 Average activator concentration versus d = Dh/Da in the steady state for Dh = 0.01, ρa = µa = 0.00055 and ρh = µh = 0.0011.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 4 Maximum activator concentration versus d = Dh/Da in the steady state for Dh = 0.01, ρa = µa = 0.00055 and ρh = µh = 0.0011.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 5 phighest versus d = Dh/Da in the steady state for Dh = 0.01, ρa = µa = 0.00055 and ρh = µh = 0.0011 in the case of the random network.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 6 phighest versus d = Dh/Da in the steady state for Dh = 0.01, ρa = µa = 0.00055 and ρh = µh = 0.0011 in the case of the scale-free network.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
Fig. 7 Distribution of activator concentration amongst the network sites in the steady states of the regular (solid dots) and scale-free (open circles) networks.
Reaction diffusion processes on random and scale-free networks
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