Definitions for: Steep

[n] a steep place (as on a hill)
[adj] having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"
[adj] of a slope; set at a high angle; "note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow"
[adj] greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usorious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending"
[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"
[v] engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"

Webster (1913) Definition: Steep (st[=e]p), a.
Bright; glittering; fiery. [Obs.]

His eyen steep, and rolling in his head. --Chaucer.

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.

Steep, v. i.
To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is
steeping. [Colloq.]

Steep, n.
1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing
liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.

2. A rennet bag. [Prov. Eng.]

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]

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.

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

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