Definitions for steep
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word steep.
a steep place (as on a hill)
having a sharp inclination
"the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usuriousadjective
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
"exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usurious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"
of a slope; set at a high angle
"note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow"
steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak upverb
devote (oneself) fully to
"He immersed himself into his studies"
let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
"steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Rising or descending with little inclination.
Etymology: steap , Saxon.
He now had conquer’d Anxur’s steep ascent. Addison.
Precipice; ascent or descent approaching to perpendicularity.
As that Theban monster that propos’d
Her riddle, and him, who solv’d it not, devour’d;
That once found out and solv’d, for grief and spight
Cast herself headlong from the Ismenian steep. John Milton.
As high turrets for their airy steep
Require foundations, in proportion deep;
And lofty cedars as far upwards shoot,
As to the neather heavens they drive the root;
So low did her secure foundation lie,
She was not humble, but humility. Dryden.
Instructs the beast to know his native force,
To take the bit between his teeth, and fly
To the next headlong steep of anarchy. Dryden.
We had on each side naked rocks and mountains, broken into a thousand irregular steeps and precipices. Addison.
Leaning o’er the rails, he musing stood,
And view’d below the black canal of mud,
Where common shores a lulling murmur keep,
Whose torrents rush from Holborn’s fatal steep. John Gay.
To soak; to macerate; to imbue; to dip.
Etymology: stippen, Dutch.
When his brother saw the red blood trail
Adown so fast, and all his armour steep,
For very fellness loud he ’gan to weep. Edmund Spenser.
He, like an adder, lurking in the weeds,
His wandring thought in deep desire does steep;
And his frail eye with spoil of beauty feeds. Fairy Queen.
A napkin steeped in the harmless blood
Of sweet young Rutland. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
Present to her, as sometime Marg’ret
Did to thy father, steep’d in Rutland’s blood,
A handkerchief; which, say to her, did drain
The purple tide from her sweet brother’s body. William Shakespeare.
The conquering wine hath steep’d our sense
In soft and delicate Lethe. William Shakespeare.
Many dream not to find, neither deserve,
And yet are steep’d in favours. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
Four days will quickly steep themselves in night:
Four nights will quickly dream away the time. William Shakespeare.
Most of the steepings are cheap things, and the goodness of the crop is a great matter of gain. Francis Bacon.
Whole droves of minds are by the driving god
Compell’d to drink the deep Lethean flood:
In large forgetful draughts to steep the cares
Of their past labours and their irksome years. Dryden.
Wheat steeped in brine twelve hours prevents the smuttiness. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
bright; glittering; fiery
to soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking; as, to soften seed by steeping it in water. Often used figuratively
to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping
something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds
a rennet bag
making a large angle with the plane of the horizon; ascending or descending rapidly with respect to a horizontal line or a level; precipitous; as, a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep declivity; a steep barometric gradient
difficult of access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high
excessive; as, a steep price
a precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice
Etymology: [OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of stpa to stoop; cf. Sw. stpa to cast, to steep, Dan. stbe, D. & G. stippen to steep, to dip. Cf. Stoop, v. i.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stēp, adj. rising or descending with great inclination: precipitous: difficult, excessive, exorbitant.—n. a precipitous place: a precipice.—adj. Steep′-down (Shak.), deep and precipitous.—v.i. Steep′en, to become steep.—ns. Steep′iness, Steep′ness, the state or quality of being steep.—adv. Steep′ly.—adj. Steep′y, steep. [A.S. steáp; Ice. steypthr.]
stēp, v.t. to dip or soak in a liquid: to imbue.—n. something steeped or used in steeping: a fertilising liquid for seed: rennet.—n. Steep′er, a vessel in which articles are steeped. [Scand., Ice. steypa, to make to stoop, pour out, causal of stúpa, to stoop.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'steep' in Adjectives Frequency: #664
The numerical value of steep in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of steep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Adding jobs is the last thing on my mind. The steep increase in wages is a real financial strain for us.
We talk often about how steep the drop in cases has been. The only thing that has dropped more quickly and more steeply is the new contributions in financing.
Until the pandemic hit this year, this administration stopped those declines and had even begun to reverse them. Stopping such a steep and rapid decline is significant in itself and shouldnt be overlooked, this administration has worked to address eight years of regulatory overreach to level the playing field not just for coal but a variety of industries. The result has been a return of competition in the energy industry although we still have a long way to go thanks to outsized subsidies for renewables.
It's going to be a steep learning curve but... we have no choice.
Even though certain states may have the most comprehensive policies providing access to [syringe service programs], they still may experience steep increases in cases.
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Translations for steep
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- escarpatCatalan, Valencian
- eintauchen, ziehen lassen, steil, LaugeGerman
- empinado, sopa, escarpado, macerar, precipitoso, imbuir, inclinado, abrupto, acantiladoSpanish
- imbiber, imprégner, infuser, abrupt, escarpéFrench
- snarbrattur, hallur, bratturIcelandic
- ripido, scoscesoItalian
- 注ぎ込む, 煎じるJapanese
- waiwai, tākau, kōpiro, whakamara, tāhekeMāori
- cerun, curamMalay
- steil, wekenDutch
- zaparzyć, stromy, zaparzaćPolish
- íngreme, íngrimePortuguese
- погрузить, заваривать, пропитывать, погрязнуть, заварить, пропитываться, пропитать, крутой, погружать, пропитаться, погрязатьRussian
- strmo, стрмоSerbo-Croatian
- demlemek, daldırmak, çözelti, dikTurkish
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