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 standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm. ``The softest, steadiest plume.'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fixed; regular; uniform; undeviating; invariable; unremitted; stable. [1913 Webster]

{Steady rest} (Mach), a rest in a turning lathe, to keep a long piece of work from trembling. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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