Stead·y a. [Compar. Steadier superl. Steadiest.]
1. 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. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. 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.
3. Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind.
Syn: -- Fixed; regular; uniform; undeviating; invariable; unremitted; stable.
Steady rest Mach, a rest in a turning lathe, to keep a long piece of work from trembling.
Stead·y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steadied p. pr. & vb. n. Steadying.] 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.
Stead·y, v. i. To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily.
Without a breeze, without a tide,
She steadies with upright keel. --Coleridge.
adj 1: 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" [ant: unsteady]
2: persistent in occurrence and unvarying in nature;
"maintained a constant temperature"; "a constant beat";
"principles of unvarying validity"; "a steady breeze"
[syn: changeless, constant, invariant, unvarying]
3: not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall; "stocks are
still firm" [syn: firm, unfluctuating]
4: securely in position; not shaky; "held the ladder steady"
5: marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;
"firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve";
"a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"
[syn: firm, steadfast, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable,
6: relating to a person who does something regularly; "a
regular customer"; "a steady drinker" [syn: regular]
7: not easily excited or upset; "steady nerves"
n : a person loved by another person [syn: sweetheart, sweetie,
adv : in a steady manner; "he could still walk steadily" [syn: steadily]
v 1: make steady; "steady yourself" [syn: calm, becalm]
2: support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if
with a brace; "brace your elbows while working on the
potter's wheel" [syn: brace, stabilize, stabilise]
[also: steadied, steadiest, steadier]