• WordNet 3.6
    • n steeper a vessel (usually a pot or vat) used for steeping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Steeper A vessel, vat, or cistern, in which things are steeped.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steeper A vessel, vat, or cistern in which things are steeped; specifically, a vat in which the indigo-plant is steeped to macerate it before it is soaked in the beating-vat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steeper a vessel in which articles are steeped
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. steypa, to make to stoop, pour out, causal of stúpa, to stoop.


In literature:

Beyond the wire the pitch of the ravine showed steeper yet, as it mounted to a sharp turn.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The stairs seemed twice as long as when they had mounted them before, and far narrower and steeper.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
It had dismal corridors, and steeper stairways than even the abbe's.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
When the ascent grew steeper, Geoffrey held out his hand.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Roofs become much steeper, so as to throw off snow.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
The mine spread out now, and began a steeper descent.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The walls grew higher and steeper at every turn, while towering above and beyond were the mountain peaks.
"The Award of Justice" by A. Maynard Barbour
The road was less plain, a mere track now, and steeper.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
The descent grows steeper every day, and years rush on impetuously, as hours did in that beautiful time of youth.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
Have I not, I asked, crept along a roof of even a steeper slope than that of the shelf?
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller

In poetry:

"Ha! they drop
From the top
To the sear heap below!
Ha! deeper,
Down steeper,
The infidels go!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
Now steeper grew the rising ground,
And rougher grew the road,
As up the steep ascent they wound
To bold Sir Verb's abode.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
He knew how on a summer day
The sea's deep blue grew deeper,
How evening shadows over Bray
Made that round hill look steeper.
"The Hon. Sec." by Sir John Betjeman
And now a wider space they gained,
A steeper, harder ground,
Where by one ample wall contained,
All earthly things they found:
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
But now she went slow, for the hill did go
Up steeper as she went higher;
When she reached its crown, the sun was down,
Leaving a trail of fire.
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
Steeper and steeper grew the hill,
Madder, merrier, chillier still
The western wind blew down, and played
The wildest tricks with the little maid,
As, tying her bonnet under her chin,
She tied a young man's heart within.
"The Love-Knot" by Nora Perry

In news:

McDonald's Posts Steeper -Than-Expected 1.8% October Same-Store Sales Decline.
For small-market A's, uphill climb only gets steeper .
Why is the slope up a hill steeper than the slope down a hill.
Changing directions is a steeper challenge.
Job losses far steeper in '09, revised figures show.
Official Says Europe Should Pledge Steeper Cuts in Emissions.
Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in May's primary election were split Monday night on whether the state should impose steeper taxes on cigarettes .
Adolescent pregnancies plunged, reflected in the lowest-ever teen birth rate in 2010 and an even steeper decrease in teen abortions, the report authors said.
The Mets uphill climb in the NL East standings may have gotten a lot steeper Monday.
A surge in Home Depot's stock prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average.
For Romney, who faces the steeper path, that meant visits to Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.
A surge in Home Depot prevented a steeper drop for the Dow Jones industrial average.
The transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12 is steeper and more difficult than most fans and some media members expected.
Mimi 's slow decline has been steeper lately and harder to watch.
Apart from the steeper parking costs around town, considerable civic goodwill has been lost with the greedy new parking meters.

In science:

For the larger random field strength values the probabilities Π decrease and the lines get steeper, when the system size increases.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
However, the models define a yet steeper slope of ∼ 1.5.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
The curves become steeper with increasing h, indicating a phase transition near h = 4.2.
Critical exponents of four-dimensional random-field Ising systems
We then compared our fiducial feedback model to a model with no feedback, and found that the Lx − Tx relations were similar in normalization, but the feedback relation was slightly steeper.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
For steeper power laws with α > 0, the S/N ratio r > 1 only for small Np for α . 1.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars