Definitions of steep

  1. engross ( oneself) fully; " He immersed himself into his studies"
  2. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; " exorbitant rent"; " extortionate prices"; " spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; " usorious interest rate"; " unconscionable spending"
  3. sit or let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; " steep the blossoms in oil"; " steep the fruit in alcohol"
  4. a steep place ( as on a hill)
  5. having a sharp inclination; " the steep attic stairs"; " steep cliffs"
  6. of a slope; set at a high angle; " note the steep incline"; " a steep roof sheds snow"
  7. let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; " steep the blossoms in oil"; " steep the fruit in alcohol"
  8. Bright; glittering; fiery.
  9. 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.
  10. To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping.
  11. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
  12. A rennet bag.
  13. 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.
  14. Difficult of access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high.
  15. Excessive; as, a steep price.
  16. A precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice.
  17. Steepness.
  18. Having a sharp pitch or slope; being far from the horizontal; as, a steep hill.
  19. A precipitous place; a cliff.
  20. To soak in a liquid, usually heated below boiling point, so as to take out the essence or flavor of; as, to steep tea; to imbue with something; as, to steep oneself in learning.
  21. Steeply.
  22. Rising or descending with great inclination: precipitous.
  23. A precipitous place: a precipice.
  24. To dip or soak in a liquid: to imbue.
  25. Something steeped or used in steeping: a fertilizing liquid for seed.
  26. A steep place; precipice.
  27. Greatly inclined from the horizon; precipitous.
  28. To soak in a liquid.
  29. To soak, as in a hot liquid; make an infusion of, as tea.
  30. Sharply inclined; precipitous.
  31. A precipitous place; a hill.
  32. Ascending or descending with great inclination; precipitous.
  33. A precipitous place or ascent; a precipice.
  34. Something that is steeped or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid for seeds.
  35. To soak in a liquid; to imbue.
  36. The liquid in which a thing may be soaked; that which is soaked in a liquid.
  37. Ascending or descending with a great inclination or slope; precipitous.
  38. A hill, mountain, or rock having a great inclination or slope.

Usage examples for steep

  1. Some of it will seem pretty steep – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  2. She did not speak, while the horses wound down the steep side of the mountain. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  3. Steep yourselves in the thought of this, your mission. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  4. Looking down over a steep rocky ledge, he had seen his friend and fishing comrade, old Dash, in sore trouble. – Fishin' Jimmy by Annie Trumbull Slosson
  5. " I'll just put this precious manuscript inside and get my foot rule," he added, opening the door, and she stood awaiting him on the threshold, confronted by the steep little staircase that disappeared into the wall half way up. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  6. The sides were too steep for elephants to climb. – The Eagle Cliff by R.M. Ballantyne
  7. I slid down the steep path to the gate, out of the wood. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  8. Then he was seen coming slowly and cautiously down the steep rocky slope. – American Merchant Ships and Sailors by Willis J. Abbot
  9. The bank at that point was not steep and the presence of the deer at the water's edge farther up indicated a slope yet easier there. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  10. I desire nothing in the world so much as to lead you there, but the path is rough and steep I cannot carry you in my arms along that road; you must walk on your own little feet, and I am afraid they will sometimes get- very tired. – Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing by T. S. Arthur
  11. In a moment, on a steep rocky slope opposite to him, he beheld a figure cautiously descending- a figure which was not Roderick. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  12. She went through the kitchen and up the steep wooden stairs. – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  13. The hill became steep for the quiet old father, and with the boys away there was little to do in the valley. – The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  14. The way was steep but she did not seem aware of it. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  15. The bigger man uttered a grunt and followed his companion as he mounted the steep side of the lane, while, faint, exhausted, and bleeding now, Captain James Armstrong sank back and fainted away. – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  16. There was a small, dark landing between them and a steep ladderlike stair led directly down into the living- room. – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  17. Even when the odds against you are quite steep – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  18. The natives used it as a path, and a very steep hill rose behind it. – Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2) by George Grey
  19. " It's steep chances we'll have Mr. Courthorne's company to- morrow, boys," he said. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
  20. There was a spot in the river from whence a steep path led down from the park to the water, and at this spot the deer would come to drink. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope