Steep a. Bright; glittering; fiery. [Obs.]
His eyen steep, and rolling in his head. --Chaucer.
Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steeped p. pr. & vb. n. Steeping.] 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. --Shak.
In refreshing dew to steep
The little, trembling flowers. --Wordsworth.
The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin. --Earle.
Steep, v. i. To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping. [Colloq.]
1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
2. A rennet bag. [Prov. Eng.]
Steep, a. [Compar. Steeper superl. Steepest.]
1. 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.
2. Difficult of access; not easily reached; lofty; elevated; high. [Obs.]
3. Excessive; as, a steep price. [Slang]
Steep, n. 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. --Addison.
Bare steeps, where desolation stalks. --Wordsworth.
adj 1: having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep
cliffs" [ant: gradual]
2: greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation;
"exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an
outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usorious interest
rate"; "unconscionable spending" [syn: exorbitant, extortionate,
outrageous, unconscionable, usurious]
3: of a slope; set at a high angle; "note the steep incline";
"a steep roof sheds snow"
n : a steep place (as on a hill)
v 1: engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his
studies" [syn: immerse, engulf, plunge, engross,
absorb, soak up]
2: let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse;
"steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"