steepness


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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:
Noun1.steepness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steepsteepness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
gradient, slope - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
Translations
شِدَّة الإنْحِدار، إرْتِفاع الثَّمَن
příkrost
stejlhedvoldsomhed
meredekség
bratti
diklik

steepness

[ˈstiːpnɪs] N [of hill, cliff] → lo empinado, lo escarpado; [of stairs, climb] → lo empinado; [of drop] → lo abrupto, brusquedad f; [of increase] → lo pronunciado

steepness

n
Steile f, → Steilheit f
(fig inf)Unverschämtheit f

steepness

[ˈstiːpnɪs] n (of hill) → ripidezza

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 ?
The burst with which the carriage started out of the village and up the rise beyond, was soon checked by the steepness of the hill.
What with the steepness of the incline, the thick tree stumps, and the soft sand, he and his crutch were as helpless as a ship in stays.
From the narrowness of the gorge, and the steepness of its sides, there was no mode of advancing but by wading through the water; stumbling every moment over the impediments which lay hidden under its surface, or tripping against the huge roots of trees.
So little a time had elapsed, that when I got to the top of the first steepness, and could see some part of the open mountain, the murderer was still moving away at no great distance.
They turned aside to skirt this wall, and gradually ascended until their way was barred by a "maze of gigantic snow crevices,"--so they turned aside again, and "began a long climb of sufficient steepness to make a zigzag course necessary.
Not only was it good for alighting, but, on account of the steepness of the slope, it was just the thing for rising again into the air.
It is not attracted by the pleasantness of the valley, as a sheep or cow might be, but propelled by the steepness of the hill at the place where it is.
She locked the door behind her, and Rebecca might hear her curse every step for its steepness, as slowly and with difficulty she descended the turret-stair.
From the road, there were occasional glimpses into a profound valley, of the same character as the one described; but from the steepness and depth of its sides, the bottom was scarcely ever to be seen.
Nobody -- not even Captain MacWhirr, who alone on deck had caught sight of a white line of foam coming on at such a height that he couldn't believe his eyes -nobody was to know the steepness of that sea and the awful depth of the hollow the hurricane had scooped out behind the running wall of water.
Their absolute steepness is indicated in the photograph which I took over the stony desert.
The city is trying once again to stop construction of the controversial Borchard Road extension because staff members cannot find an engineer willing to design elements to mitigate the steepness of the route.