steep

steep adj Steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. The words are here arranged in ascending order of degree of perpendicularity.
Steep implies so sharp a slope or pitch that ascent or descent is difficult
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a military road, which rises . . . by an acclivity not dangerously steep, but sufficiently laborious— Johnson

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the trail . . . then struck up the side of the mountain, growing steeper every foot of the wayQuillin

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Abrupt adds to steep the suggestion of a sharper pitch or angle of ascent or descent and usually of a sudden break in a level
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high abrupt banks in places become hanging cliffs with a drop of 100 feet or more— Amer. Guide Series: N. C.

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Precipitous suggests extreme steepness and an abruptness like that of a precipice
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a precipitous height

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a deep gorge, with precipitous, volcanic walls which no man could scale— London

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Sheer implies precipitousness approaching the perpendicular and showing no break in its line
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sheer cliffs that fell from the summit to the plain, more than a thousand feet— Cather

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Analogous words: elevated, lifted, raised (see LIFT): lofty, *high
steep vb *soak, saturate, impregnate, drench, sop, waterlog
Analogous words: *infuse, imbue, ingrain: penetrate, pierce, probe (see ENTER)

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  • Steep — Steep, a. [Compar. {Steeper} ( [ e]r); superl. {Steepest}.] [OE. steep, step, AS. ste[ a]p; akin to Icel. steyp[eth]r steep, and st[=u]pa to stoop, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt; cf. OFries. stap high. Cf. {Stoop}, v. i., {Steep}, v. t., {Steeple}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steep — steep1 [stēp] adj. [ME < OE steap, lofty, high, akin to OFris steep, MHG stouf, cliff (as in Ger Hohenstaufen) < IE * steup < base * (s)teu , to strike, butt > STOCK, STUB, L tundere, to strike] 1. having a sharp rise or highly… …   English World dictionary

  • Steep — Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeped} (st[=e]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Steeping}.] [OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of st[=u]pa to stoop; cf. Sw. st[ o]pa to cast, to steep, Dan.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steep — (st[=e]p), a. Bright; glittering; fiery. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His eyen steep, and rolling in his head. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steep-up — ( [u^]p ), a. Lofty and precipitous. [R.] [1913 Webster] Her stand she takes upon a steep up hill. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steep — is a village in central Hampshire, England just outside the town of Petersfield. Since 1899 it has been the location of Bedales School, a progressive public school. The poets Edward Thomas (from 1906) and Robert Frost (briefly) lived in the… …   Wikipedia

  • steep — [adj1] extreme in direction, course abrupt, arduous, breakneck, declivitous, elevated, erect, headlong, high, hilly, lifted, lofty, perpendicular, precipitate, precipitous, prerupt, raised, sharp, sheer, straight up; concept 581 Ant. gentle, mild …   New thesaurus

  • steep — Ⅰ. steep [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) rising or falling sharply; almost perpendicular. 2) (of a rise or fall in an amount) very large or rapid. 3) informal (of a price or demand) not reasonable; excessive. 4) informal (of a claim or account) exaggerated. ► …   English terms dictionary

  • steep|en — «steemh>puhn», intransitive verb. to become steep or steeper. –v.t. to make steep or steeper …   Useful english dictionary

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