steady

steady adj Steady, uniform, even, equable, constant are comparable when they mean neither markedly varying nor variable but much the same throughout its course or extent.
Steady is the most widely applicable of these terms; in general it suggests regularity and lack of deviation, especially in movement, but it may imply such fixity in position as to be immovable or unshakable
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steady as a rock

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a steady pole

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or such consistency in character or conduct as to be perfectly reliable
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a steady workman

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maybe she'd marry the first nice and good steady fellow with a steady job who'd be a steady provider— Farrell

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When movement, motion, or direction is implied, the term may connote lack of fluctuation
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a steady market

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steady prices

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a steady flame

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you can't make millions on books, but it's a steady respectable business— Buck

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or lack of nervousness
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with hinged knees and steady hand to dress wounds— Whitman

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a steady voice

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or a constant uninterrupted flow or pursuit
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a steady stream

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a steady rain

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steady work

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Uniform stresses the sameness or alikeness of the elements, parts, units, or instances that comprise a whole (as an aggregate, a series, a combination of instances, a course, or a texture)
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the cells of the human organism are not uniform in structure and function

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the progress of civilization is not wholly a uniform drift towards better things— Whitehead

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one of the most fundamental social interests is that law shall be uniform and impartial— Cardozo

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the various tackle blocks and planks of the wooden ships were cut to uniform measure— Mumford

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Even stresses steadiness more than uniformity; it often connotes a dead level (as in quality or in character) which is unvaryingly maintained or which is incapable of alteration or disturbance
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her monotonous even voice

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the even flow of his verse

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I mean to . . . support with an even temper, and without any violent transports of mind, a sudden gust of prosperity— Fielding

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Equable usually implies some inherent quality which makes for invariability, such as uniformity
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an equable stride

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an equable pulse

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or freedom from extremes or sudden marked changes
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there is an equable climate in the most populated parts, warm and tempting to leisure— Peffer

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an equable temper

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or a temperamental calmness
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low equable tones, curiously in contrast to the strident babble— Kipling

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she won and lost, with the same equable sangfroid— Rose Macaulay

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Constant (see also FAITHFUL, CONTINUAL) implies fixity in character, quality, or condition or persistence in kind or type under the same conditions
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the sand is frequently yellow . . . but this color is by no means constantLyell

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science has to deal . . . with scores of chemical energies which it knows little about except that they always seem to be constant to the same conditions— Henry Adams

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Analogous words: stable, durable, perdurable, perpetual, *lasting: enduring, persisting, continuing (see CONTINUE): staunch, steadfast, resolute, constant (see FAITHFUL): persevering, persisting (see PERSEVERE)
Antonyms: unsteady: nervous, jumpy
steady vb *stabilize, poise, balance, ballast, trim
Contrasted words: *shake, rock, agitate, convulse

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  • steady — [sted′ē] adj. steadier, steadiest [ STEAD + Y2] 1. that does not shake, tremble, totter, etc.; firm; fixed; stable 2. constant, regular, uniform, or continuous; not changing, wavering, or faltering [a steady gaze, a steady diet, a steady rhythm]… …   English World dictionary

  • Steady — Stead y ( [y^]), a. [Compar. {Steadier} ( [i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Steadiest}.] [Cf. AS. stedig sterile, barren, st[ae][eth][eth]ig, steady (in gest[ae][eth][eth]ig), D. stedig, stadig, steeg, G. st[ a]tig, stetig. See {Stead}, n.] 1. Firm in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steady B — (bürgerlich Warren McGlone, * 5. Januar 1970 in Philadelphia) ist ein amerikanischer Rapper und Musikproduzent. Er gehörte zur Rap Gruppe Hilltop Hustlers aus Philadelphia. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Diskografie 3 Weblinks …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • steady on — british spoken phrase used for telling someone that you do not approve of the bad things that they are saying Steady on, Karen! You’re talking about my boyfriend. Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing when you are annoyed or angrysynonym Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • steady — 1520s, replacing earlier steadfast, from STEAD (Cf. stead) + adj. suffix y, perhaps on model of M.Du., M.L.G. stadig. O.E. had stæððig grave, serious, and stedig barren, but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. O.N. cognate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • steady — [adj1] stable, fixed abiding, brick wall*, certain, changeless, constant, durable, enduring, equable, even, firm, immovable, never failing, patterned, regular, reliable, safe, set, set in stone*, solid, solid as a rock*, stabile, steadfast,… …   New thesaurus

  • steady — ► ADJECTIVE (steadier, steadiest) 1) firmly fixed, supported, or balanced. 2) not faltering or wavering; controlled. 3) sensible and reliable. 4) regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency, or intensity. ► VERB (steadies …   English terms dictionary

  • Steady — Stead y, v. i. To become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily. [1913 Webster] Without a breeze, without a tide, She steadies with upright keel. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steady On — may refer to: * Steady On (Shawn Colvin album), a 1989 album by Shawn Colvin * Steady On (Point of Grace album), a 1998 album by Point of Grace …   Wikipedia

  • Steady — Stead y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steadied} ( [i^]d); 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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