steep
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap high, steep, deep; akin to Old Frisian stāp steep, Middle High German stief — more at stoop Date: before 12th century 1. lofty, high — used chiefly of a sea 2. making a large angle with the plane of the horizon 3. a. mounting or falling precipitously <
the stairs were very steep
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b. being or characterized by a rapid and intensive decline or increase 4. extremely or excessively high <
steep prices
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steepish adjectivesteeply adverbsteepness noun Synonyms: steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. steep implies such sharpness of pitch that ascent or descent is very difficult <
a steep hill
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<
a steep dive
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. abrupt implies a sharper pitch and a sudden break in the level <
a beach with an abrupt drop-off
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. precipitous applies to an incline approaching the vertical <
the river winds through a precipitous gorge
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. sheer suggests an unbroken perpendicular expanse <
sheer cliffs that daunted the climbers
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. II. noun Date: 1555 a precipitous place III. verb Etymology: Middle English stepen Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to soak in a liquid at a temperature under the boiling point (as for softening, bleaching, or extracting an essence) 2. to cover with or plunge into a liquid (as in bathing, rinsing, or soaking) 3. to saturate with or subject thoroughly to (some strong or pervading influence) <
practices steeped in tradition
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intransitive verb to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid Synonyms: see soaksteeper noun IV. noun Date: 15th century 1. the state or process of being steeped 2. a bath or solution in which something is steeped

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  • steep — [stiːp] adjective 1. steep prices, charges etc are unusually expensive: • Consumers are paying relatively steep prices for dairy products. • Anyone caught fiddling their expenses will face steep fines. 2. a steep increase or rise in something is… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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 — 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 — 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 — Steep, v. i. To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steep — Steep, n. 1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds. [1913 Webster] 2. A rennet bag. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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