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steady

  

      adj   , steadier, steadiest  
1    not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable  
2    free from fluctuation  
the level stayed steady     
3    not easily excited; imperturbable  
4    staid; sober  
5    regular; habitual  
a steady drinker     
6    continuous  
a steady flow     
7      (Nautical)   (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas  
      vb   , steadies, steadying, steadied  
8    to make or become steady  
      adv  
9    in a steady manner  
10    go steady  
Informal   to date one person regularly  
      n   pl   , steadies  
11    Informal   one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend  
      interj  
12      (Nautical)   an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course  
13    a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc.  
14      (Brit)   a command to get set to start, as in a race  
ready, steady, go!     
     (C16: from stead + -y1; related to Old High German statig, Middle Dutch stedig)  
  steadier      n  
  steadily      adv  
  steadiness      n  


rock steady  
      n   a type of slow Jamaican dance music of the 1960s  
steady state  
      n     (Physics)   the condition of a system when some or all of the quantities describing it are independent of time but not necessarily in thermodynamic or chemical equilibrium  
   See also       equilibrium       6  
steady-state theory  
      n   a cosmological theory postulating that the universe exists throughout time in a steady state such that the average density of matter does not vary with distance or time. Matter is continuously created in the space left by the receding stars and galaxies of the expanding universe  
   Compare       big-bang theory  
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n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
n.
hand gesture of approval
n.
1 Control by Legislation Legislate 2 Maintain steady state Stabilize
Care !!! Double meaning giving mistraductions
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. The concept is now limited to royal marriages. Syn. Morganatic marriage or marriage of the left hand.
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”

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