from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
- adj. At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in salaries.
- adj. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.
- adj. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
- n. A precipitous slope.
- transitive v. To soak in liquid in order to cleanse, soften, or extract a given property from.
- transitive v. To infuse or subject thoroughly to.
- transitive v. To make thoroughly wet; saturate.
- intransitive v. To undergo a soaking in liquid.
- n. The act or process of steeping.
- n. The state of being steeped.
- n. A liquid, bath, or solution in which something is steeped.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical.
- adj. expensive
- v. To soak an item (or to be soaked) in liquid in order to gradually add or remove components to or from the item
- v. To be imbued with an abstract quality
- v. To make tea (or other beverage) by placing leaves in hot water.
- n. A liquid used in a steeping process
- n. B escarpment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bright; glittering; fiery.
- transitive v. To soak in a liquid; to macerate; to extract the essence of by soaking. Often used figuratively.
- intransitive v. To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid.
- n. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
- n. A rennet bag.
- adj. Making a large angle with the plane of the horizon; ascending or descending rapidly with respect to a horizontal line or a level; precipitous.
- adj. Difficult of access; not easily reached; lofty; elevated; high.
- adj. Excessive.
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having an almost perpendicular slope; precipitous; sheer.
- Elevated; high; lofty.
- Excessive; difficult; forbidding: as, a steep undertaking; a steep price.
- Bright; glittering; fiery.
- n. A steep or precipitous place; an abrupt ascent or descent; a precipice.
- To tilt (a barrel).
- To soak in a liquid; macerate: as, to steep barley; to steep herbs.
- To bathe with a liquid; wet; moisten.
- To imbue or impregnate as with a specified influence; cause to become permeated or pervaded (with): followed by in.
- To be bathed in a liquid; soak.
- n. The process of steeping; the state of being steeped, soaked, or permeated: used chiefly in the phrase in steep.
- n. That in which anything is steeped; specifically, a fertilizing liquid in which seeds are soaked to quicken germination.
- n. Rennet: so called from being steeped before it is used.
- n. Same as brasque.
- n. plural The solutions or baths in which metals are dipped preparatory to electro-plating.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a slope; set at a high angle
- v. devote (oneself) fully to
- v. let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
- adj. having a sharp inclination
- n. a steep place (as on a hill)
- adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap.
Middle English stepen, perhaps of Old English origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English stēap ("high"), from Proto-Germanic *staupaz (compare Old Frisian stap, Middle High German *stouf), from Proto-Indo-European *steup- (“to push, stick”). The Proto-Indo-European root (and related) has many and varied descendants, including English stub; compare also Scots stap ("to strike, to forcibly insert"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English stepen, from Old Norse steypa ("to make stoop, cast down, pour out, cast (metal)"), from Proto-Germanic *staupijanan (“to tumble, make tumble, plunge”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb- (“to push, hit”). Cognate with Danish støbe ("cast (metal)"), Norwegian støpe, støype, Swedish stöpa ("to found, cast (metal)"), Old English stūpian ("to stoop, bend the back, slope"). More at stoop. (Wiktionary)