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Meaning of STEEP

Pronunciation:  steep

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a steep place (as on a hill)
  2. [adj]  having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
  3. [adj]  of a slope; set at a high angle; "note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow"
  4. [adj]  greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usorious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"
  5. [v]  sit or let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol"
  6. [v]  engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"

STEEP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abrupt, absorb, bluff, bold, engross, engulf, exorbitant, extortionate, heavy, high, immerse, immoderate, infuse, outrageous, perpendicular, plunge, precipitous, sharp, sheer, soak up, steepish, unconscionable, usurious
 Antonyms: gradual
 See Also: center, centre, concentrate, declension, declination, decline, declivity, decoct, descent, downslope, draw, drink, drink in, fall, focus, imbue, marinade, marinate, pore, rivet, soak, vertical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Steep\ (st[=e]p), a.
    Bright; glittering; fiery. [Obs.]
          His eyen steep, and rolling in his head. --Chaucer.
  2. \Steep\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeped} (st[=e]pt); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Steeping}.] [OE. stepen, probably fr. Icel. steypa
    to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals,
    causative of st[=u]pa to stoop; cf. Sw. st["o]pa to cast, to
    steep, Dan. st["o]be, D. & G. stippen to steep, to dip. Cf.
    {Stoop}, v. t.]
    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.
          Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep. --Shak.
          In refreshing dew to steep The little, trembling
          flowers.                                 --Wordsworth.
          The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.
  3. \Steep\, v. i.
    To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is
    steeping. [Colloq.]
  4. \Steep\, n.
    1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing
       liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
    2. A rennet bag. [Prov. Eng.]
  5. \Steep\, a. [Comper. {Steeper}; superl. {Steepest}.] [OE.
    steep, step, AS. ste['a]p; akin to Icel. steyp?r steep, and
    st[=u]pa to stoop, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt; cf. OFries.
    stap high. Cf. {Stoop}, v. i., {Steep}, v. t., {Steeple}.]
    1. 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.
    2. Difficult of access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated;
       high. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    3. Excessive; as, a steep price. [Slang]
  6. \Steep\, n.
    A precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any
    elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of
    the horizon; a precipice. --Dryden.
          We had on each side naked rocks and mountains broken
          into a thousand irregular steeps and precipices.
          Bare steeps, where desolation stalks.    --Wordsworth.