1 adjective
1 NOT MOVING firmly held in a particular position and not moving or shaking: Keep the camera steady while you take a picture. | a steady hand: You need a steady hand for such a delicate job.
2 CONTINUOUS moving, happening, or developing in a continuous gradual way: a steady decline in manufacturing output | Paul has made steady progress this year. | a steady stream of visitors/enquiries etc: a steady stream of East Germans making their way through the new gap in the wall
3 NOT CHANGING a steady level, speed etc stays about the same: We were driving at a steady 60 mph.
4 PERSON someone who is steady is sensible and you can depend on them: a steady worker
5 steady job/work/income a job or work that will definitely continue over a long period of time
6 steady boyfriend/girlfriend someone that you have been having a romantic relationship with
7 steady relationship a serious and strong relationship that continues for a long time
— steadily adverb — steadiness noun (U) 2 verb
1 (T) to hold something steady or make it steady: steady yourself (=get back your balance in order to prevent yourself from falling): He tried to steady himself by grabbing the tree.
2 (I) to stop increasing or decreasing and remain about the same: The dollar has steadied after early losses on the money markets.
3 steady your nerves to make yourself calm: She had a brandy to steady her nerves.
3 adverb go steady (with sb) to have a long regular romantic relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend 4 noun (C) AmE informal a boyfriend or girlfriend that someone has been having a romantic relationship with: Jill is Ray's steady. 5 interjection BrE informal
1 used when you want to tell someone to be careful or not to cause an accident: Steady! You nearly knocked me over.
2 Steady on! used when you think that what someone is saying is too strong or extreme: Steady on! Derek's not that bad.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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