steeply


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steep 1

 (stēp)
adj. steep·er, steep·est
1. Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
2. At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in imports.
3.
a. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.
b. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
n.
A precipitous slope.

[Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap.]

steep′ly adv.
steep′ness n.
Synonyms: steep1, abrupt, precipitous, sheer2
These adjectives mean so sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular: steep cliffs; an abrupt drop-off; precipitous hills; a sheer descent.

steep 2

 (stēp)
v. steeped, steep·ing, steeps
v.tr.
1. To immerse in liquid for a period of time, as to cleanse, treat, or extract a given property from: steeped the cloth in red dye; steeped the tea bag in boiling water.
2. To involve or preoccupy thoroughly; immerse: As a child, she steeped herself in adventure stories.
3. To make thoroughly wet; saturate.
v.intr.
To undergo a soaking in liquid: Let the tea steep for five minutes.
n.
1.
a. The act or process of steeping.
b. The state of being steeped.
2. A liquid, bath, or solution in which something is steeped.

[Middle English stepen, perhaps from Old English *stīepan; akin to Swedish stöpa and Danish støbe, to soak (barley for malting), cast (metal), from Germanic *staupjan, probably denominative verb from *staupan, a kind of vessel for liquids (also the source of Old Norse staup, cup; see stoup).]

steep′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.steeply - in a steep manner; "the street rose steeply up to the castle"
Translations
بارْتِفاعٍ شَديد
příkře
meredeken
skyndilega

steeply

[ˈstiːplɪ] ADV the mountain rises steeplyla montaña está cortada a pico
the road climbs steeplyla carretera sube muy empinada
prices have risen steeplylos precios han subido muchísimo

steeply

[ˈstiːpli] adv
(referring to a slope)en pente raide
(referring to rates, costs) [rise, fall] → brusquement

steeply

advsteil

steeply

[ˈstiːplɪ] advripidamente
to rise/fall steeply (road, hill) → salire/scendere ripidamente (fig) (prices) → aumentare/diminuire vertiginosamente

steep1

(stiːp) adjective
1. (of eg a hill, stairs etc) rising with a sudden rather than a gradual slope. The hill was too steep for me to cycle up; a steep path; a steep climb.
2. (of a price asked or demand made) unreasonable or too great. He wants rather a steep price for his house, doesn't he?; That's a bit steep!
ˈsteepness noun
ˈsteeply adverb
in a steep or sudden way. The path/prices rose steeply.
References in classic literature ?
And there with the strained craft steeply leaning over to it, by reason of the enormous downward drag from the lower mast-head, and every yard-arm on that side projecting like a crane over the waves; there, that blood-dripping head hung to the Pequod's waist like the giant Holofernes's from the girdle of Judith.
It gave us a sharp shock, for we thought she was gone, sure, for the ground slanted steeply, and to save herself seemed a sheer impossibility; but she managed to scramble up, and ran by us laughing.
On either side of this donga the ground slopes steeply down towards its yawning lips, and from its end a man may see the open country.
At last Mowgli rounded up the bewildered herd at the head of the ravine on a grassy patch that sloped steeply down to the ravine itself.
It has only one clear story above the ground-floor; but the roof, rising steeply, has several projecting windows, with carved spandrels rather elegantly enclosed in oaken frames, and externally adorned with balustrades.
It was open, and led through a stone passage to a circular stairway, which went steeply down.
I stared at her weather-beaten side heeling steeply towards me; and then she passed out of my range of view.
Their less steeply slanting gangways seemed to invite the strolling sailors in search of a berth to walk on board and try "for a chance" with the chief mate, the guardian of a ship's efficiency.
As before, the Pequod steeply leaned over towards the sperm whale's head, now, by the counterpoise of both heads, she regained her own keel, though sorely strained, you may well believe.
The latter, though sometimes boisterous, are generally free from obstructions, and easily navigated; but the rivers to the west of the mountains descend more steeply and impetuously, and are continually liable to cascades and rapids.
On the second dav the road rose steeply to a grass spur above the forest; and it was here, about sunset, that they came across an aged lama - but they called him a bonze - sitting cross-legged above a mysterious chart held down by stones, which he was explaining to a young man, evidently a neophyte, of singular, though unwashen, beauty.
At the back of the building the garden ran up very steeply to a road along the ridge above; and a zigzag path scaled the slope in sharp angles, turning to and fro amid evergreens so somber that they might rather be called everblack.