adjective (steadier, steadiest)
- 1Firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving: the lighter the camera, the harder it is to hold steady he refilled her glass with a steady handMore example sentences
- His hand, usually steady, is shaking; he must not let his agitation show.
- There is an uneasy sensation akin to loss of control, a whirlwind that trips my balance, sweeps me off my steady feet and into a foggy daze at odd times of the day.
- He was able to grab hold of a ledge and when he got a steady footing of his balance he turned to his right to find the drop ship making a slow bank and heading back the path they came.
- 1.1Not faltering or wavering; controlled: a steady gaze she tried to keep her voice steadyMore example sentences
fixed, intent, immovable, immobile, unwavering, unfaltering
- Darre turned his cool green eyes on Carl, who faltered under his steady gaze.
- John's gaze was steady and unblinking as he stared into his daughter's blazing eyes.
- Who could have known that such this young boy possessed such extraordinary fighting skills, much more have it under steady control?
- 1.2(Of a person) sensible, reliable, and self-restrained: a solid, steady young manMore example sentences
- He was one of the most sensible and steady people I've known, and not as humourless as that sounds.
- That would allow Isaac Smith to remain in the No.3 role, where he's steady and reliable.
- Poets are the most down-to-earth, loyal, steady people that have ever been.
- 2Regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency, or intensity: a steady decline in the national birth rate sales remain steadyMore example sentences
constant, unchanging, changeless, unvarying, invariable, undeviating; uniform, even, regular, consistent; continuous, continual, unceasing, ceaseless, perpetual, unremitting, unwavering, unfaltering, unfluctuating, undying, unending, endless, round-the-clock, all-year-round; reliable, dependable
- The steady decline and deterioration continued at an accelerated pace.
- During the seventeenth century Ireland, continuing its steady decline, came increasingly under England's rule.
- Most visitors came to inspect the institution in the first three years of its existence, but a steady stream continued to come in the years following.
- 2.1Not changing; regular and established: I thought I’d better get a steady job a steady boyfriendMore example sentences
- My boyfriend at the time was not in a steady job and was confused as well.
- I've believe the exodus of good steady manufacturing jobs are at the crux of the spiritual disenfranchisement we are experiencing in our nation.
- But suddenly, in this economy, nursing looks more attractive, the prospect of a steady job with guaranteed work at the end of a degree.
- 2.2(Of a ship) moving without deviation from its course.More example sentences
- Most of the passengers spent the time on the deck, as the ship was very steady despite the storm threat.
- You also know to hang on until the boat is steady again.
- As she was going to insert some cream on the laser burn, the ship jolted and the lights flickered and the ship was steady again.
verb (steadies, steadying, steadied)Back to top
- Make or become steady: [with object]: I took a deep breath to steady my nerves (as adjective steadying) she’s the one steadying influence in his life [no object]: by May prices had steadiedMore example sentences
- I buried my head in my hands and tried to take a few steadying deep breaths to calm my nerves.
- He took a deep breath, steadying his voice as it rose slowly in hysteria.
- She interrupted, taking a deep breath and steadying her legs underneath her.
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noun (plural steadies)Back to top
- 1 • informal A person’s regular boyfriend or girlfriend: his steady chucked him two weeks agoMore example sentences
- Could it be really possible that they haven't considered all the merits of having a steady (not necessarily permanent) boyfriend.
- As usual though, I had to go and ruin it - I found a steady girlfriend.
- He recoiled at the thought of allowing his steady girlfriend, Ms Boyle, from taking up more permanent residence in his home, and they went separate ways earlier this year.
- 2A strut for stabilizing a caravan or other vehicle when stationary.More example sentences
- Sliding contact between the work piece and its support should be avoided, and the use of roller steadies and running centres is recommended.
- • informal Have a regular romantic or sexual relationship with someone: she started going steady with SebastianMore example sentences
- Rebellious older daughter Esti is going steady with a soldier, but they're having a hard time finding privacy.
- It's a crush that I'm betting will quickly progress to going steady.
- I was so naive, I thought he was using some cool, mature way to describe going steady or going out.
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- The poverty of the Tipperary team surprised, even considering the greater physical presence of the winners who were far steadier in the tackle.
- Without doubt our defence is a much steadier ship these days.
- Orr was the steadier of the two, going bogey-free, but it was Forsyth who left the course knowing he could and should have scored even better than he did.
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- I could see from the look on the American's face that he was slowly but steadily losing the will to live.
- When the whistles blew, they advanced slowly and steadily towards the German lines.
- The number of ethnic minority consultants is rising steadily, and will continue to do so.
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- It was in attack that Waterford lost this game, not for want of effort but for steadiness in finishing.
- We'll be close as we can to the team we play to make sure we retain a steadiness.
- Recently I have begun to wonder if these kinds of tests requiring cleverness instead of steadiness can really contribute to improve their English abilities.