steep

Definitions

  • Showing steep roof and turret of northern architecture
    Showing steep roof and turret of northern architecture
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj steep having a sharp inclination "the steep attic stairs","steep cliffs"
    • adj steep of a slope; set at a high angle "note the steep incline","a steep roof sheds snow"
    • adj steep greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation "exorbitant rent","extortionate prices","spends an outrageous amount on entertainment","usurious interest rate","unconscionable spending"
    • v steep let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse "steep the blossoms in oil","steep the fruit in alcohol"
    • v steep devote (oneself) fully to "He immersed himself into his studies"
    • n steep a steep place (as on a hill)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A bridge spans a steep-sided gorge A bridge spans a steep-sided gorge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Russian I.M. Chisov survived a 21,980 plunge out of a plane with no parachute. He landed on the steep side of a snow-covered mountain with only a fractured pelvis and slight concussion
    • n Steep A precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice. "We had on each side naked rocks and mountains broken into a thousand irregular steeps and precipices.""Bare steeps , where desolation stalks."
    • Steep A rennet bag.
    • a Steep stēp Bright; glittering; fiery. "His eyen steep , and rolling in his head."
    • Steep Difficult of access; not easily reached; lofty; elevated; high.
    • Steep Excessive; as, a steep price.
    • Steep Making a large angle with the plane of the horizon; ascending or descending rapidly with respect to a horizontal line or a level; precipitous; as, a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep declivity; a steep barometric gradient.
    • Steep Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
    • v. t Steep To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively. "Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep .""In refreshing dew to steep The little, trembling flowers.""The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin."
    • v. i Steep To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.
    • steep Having an almost perpendicular slope; precipitous; sheer.
    • steep Elevated; high; lofty.
    • steep Excessive; difficult; forbidding: as, a steep undertaking; a steep price.
    • steep Bright; glittering; fiery.
    • n steep A steep or precipitous place; an abrupt ascent or descent; a precipice.
    • steep To tilt (a barrel).
    • steep To soak in a liquid; macerate: as, to steep barley; to steep herbs.
    • steep To bathe with a liquid; wet; moisten.
    • steep To imbue or impregnate as with a specified influence; cause to become permeated or pervaded (with): followed by in.
    • steep To be bathed in a liquid; soak.
    • n steep The process of steeping; the state of being steeped, soaked, or permeated: used chiefly in the phrase in steep.
    • n steep That in which anything is steeped; specifically, a fertilizing liquid in which seeds are soaked to quicken germination.
    • n steep Rennet: so called from being steeped before it is used.
    • n steep Same as brasque.
    • n steep plural The solutions or baths in which metals are dipped preparatory to electro-plating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Steep stēp rising or descending with great inclination: precipitous: difficult, excessive, exorbitant
    • n Steep a precipitous place: a precipice
    • v.t Steep stēp to dip or soak in a liquid: to imbue
    • n Steep something steeped or used in steeping: a fertilising liquid for seed: rennet
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Quotations

  • Walter Benjamin
    Walter%20Benjamin
    “Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Charles%20Baudelaire
    “The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.”
  • Henry James
    Henry%20James
    “If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa, to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of stūpa, to stoop; cf. Sw. stöpa, to cast, to steep, Dan. stöbe, D. & G. stippen, to steep, to dip. Cf. Stoop (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

I had fallen in off the steep bank.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
It is steeped in water, and beat into cloth with wooden mallets by the women, and afterwards dyed of various colours.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Beyond the brook rose a shadowy mountain whose side was so steep that trees could hardly find a foothold among the rocks.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Steep overnight in a hot bath of 1-1/2 oz.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
I shortly turned my steps down-hill, tacking and zigzagging in the descent because of the steepness.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
They were climbing steep, rough hills.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
We walked up a steep path to the inn, from the pier.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
It is sixteen miles between town and town, six of them over the steep headland of Kirk Maughold.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The boat sent to sound met in every direction with a coast as steep as a wall.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The path was steep, rugged, and stony; and seemed, at first, to defy any attempt to scale it.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Above that point all was smooth, though fearfully steep; below was the confusion the earthquake had wrought.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
The approach to it is steep and difficult, up a footpath cut in the face of the rock.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
High ridges, deep valleys and steep precipices.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
The incline being extremely steep, we took long strides on the snow.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
It was steeped, and roasted, and broken, and combed; indeed, it scarcely knew what was done to it.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Following this was a welcome change to steep climbs over grass-covered slopes broken by picturesque ravines.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
They went up a steep, rocky trail, screened by boulders.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
It squirmed up Pole Hill, a grade so steep that I could scarcely push up my wheel.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
And steeped the sprouting forests, the green hills, And emerald wheat-fields, in his yellow light.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
These people are steeped in ignorance and superstition.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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In poetry:

Down the steep west unrolled,
I watch the river of the sunset flow,
With all its crimson lights, and gleaming gold,
Into the dusk below.
"A Farewell" by Kate Seymour Maclean
If I can bear your love like a lamp before me,
When I go down the long steep Road of Darkness,
I shall not fear the everlasting shadows,
Nor cry in terror.
"The Lamp" by Sara Teasdale
The black midnight is steeping
The hillside and the lawn,
But still I lie unsleeping,
With curtains backward drawn,
To catch the earliest peeping
Of the desired dawn.
"Sleep Flies Me" by Robert Fuller Murray
VI. Thus come, delightful and delusive Sleep,
Thus o'er my wither'd spirits claim thy pow'r;
In thy sweet balm each anguish'd feeling steep;
For days of suff'ring give one blissful hour.
"Sleep" by Sydney Owenson
Streams, that wash white from sin, flow deep,
And round about the fresh lawns twine;
While there, beneath the green banks steep,
Beside his cross, the Lamb Divine
Lies tranquilly in peaceful sleep.
"The Gardens" by Emile Verhaeren
Forward he leaned, and headlong down
Plunged from that craggy wall;
He saw the rocks, steep, stern, and brown,
An instant, in his fall;
A frightful instant--and no more,
The dream and life at once were o'er.
"The Hunter's Vision" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

The learning curve is steep at this level.
Tennessee, Georgia face steep fiscal fall.
The stock market's steep advance since March would seem to suggest that investors think we're out of the woods.
FUEL TYPE & TOPOGRAPHY: Grass, timber, and brush in steep terrain.
Belgium's Thomas De Gendt, right, leads a pack of riders through the steep Passo dello Stelvio during the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday.
Ride your mountain bike down a steep, rocky path.
He planted the dark green bushes on steep and shady mountains.
Oregon's traditions are steeped in food preparation, from the earliest homesteaders to today's home-canned blackberry jam, and much of Oregon's Native American tribal history is founded on drying, preserving, and trading salmon.
Before the Pennsylvania Turnpike was transformed into a modern interstate highway, there was a mighty steep grade on one section of the highway west of Somerset, Pa.
Google's Early 3Q Results Trigger Steep Selloff .
The liner carrier Mediterranean Shipping Co. Said it will asses steep bunker surcharges on the eastbound transpacific and westbound Asia-Europe trades from early October.
Presidential election already steeped in character assassination.
A wide-body passenger jet, TransPacific Airlines Flight 545, en route from Hong Kong to Denver, suddenly goes through a violent series of steep dives and climbs.
A thin, attractive woman was balancing a tiny newborn in one arm and a soft diaper bag in the other as she slowly, expertly, mounted the steep steps of a Boerum Hill brownstone on the evening of April 20—deliberate as a tiger.
David asks if these leaders need to be steeped in social media themselves to do their job.
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In science:

We assume that f (y ) is the steep function, i.e. it takes value +∞ when y goes beyond the domain of definition of f .
Stochastic version of the Erdos-Renyi limit theorem
If α doubles, the steepness increases by a factor of √2 and the Ursell number by a factor of 2 since the spectral width remains constant.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
The protein-like and random sequences show also in the Rg (T ) plot a less steep increase at the transition temperature.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
At the same time, the steep rising function of the type (28) does not fit to the (S) condition of this theorem.
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling
On a more general ground, one can argue that the exponential growth of the QCD coupling with L is the utmost steep possible one.
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling
We recall that the amplitudes ˜A and ˜B have been scaled by a combination of the steepness, of the nonlinear and dispersive parameters, respectivelly µ and λ, of the KdV equation.
Instability of two interacting, quasi-monochromatic waves in shallow water
If we consider a pure inverse power law potential, having wQ < −0.6 when ΩQ = 0.7 implies a low value of the exponent α (if the slope of the potential is too steep, the field does not stop rapidly whe n it starts dominating, and wQ is too large).
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
For local perturbations, the short scale means steep temperature gradient, hence efficient heat conduction.
Problems in suppressing cooling flows in clusters of galaxies by global heat conduction
For steep power laws (e.g. α ≥ 3) the ratio r > 1 again only for small Np and decreases monotonically.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
Thus, a solution leading to a complete energy equipartition between planetesimals (s ∝ x−1/2 ) is only possible for very steep mass spectra.
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
Our calculations (§4.3) show that when x . xc such a velocity spectrum is only possible for very steep mass distributions, α > 4, when both dispersion-dominated stirring and friction are due to the smallest planetesimals with masses m ∼ m0 (x ∼ 1).
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
To see if the steep rise of hn(p, L)i around pc is associated with some critical exponent, we make a scaling plot of hn(p, L)i with p − pc for a number of different system sizes L in Fig. 2(b).
Particle-hole symmetry in a sandpile model
Due to large color dipole sizes probed in the ρ3 production and large region of relevant momentum transfers, |t| ∼< 1 GeV2 , the energy dependence of ρ3 production cross section is less steep than in the case of ρ.
Production of spin-3 mesons in diffractive DIS
It exhibits an extremely steep temperature dependence around 100 µK.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
On the other hand, numerical simulations based on the (Λ)Cold Dark Matter (CDM) paradigm suggest a very steep inner mass density distribution, a so-called “cusp” (Navarro, Frenk & White 1996, 1997) [NFW].
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
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