The adjective steady describes something that is firmly fixed in position. If you have to climb up on your roof, you definitely want to have a steady ladder. Otherwise, you risk ending up in the bushes instead of on the roof.

The adjective steady can also describe something that isn't going to fluctuate wildly. If you have a steady income from a salary, you bring in approximately the same amount of money each month. If you are paid on commission, on the other hand, you may make Midas look poor in some months and beggars look rich in others. As a verb, to steady means "to make something steady" (big surprise): You can steady a wobbly table by sticking a matchbook under its shortest leg, or you could steady a nervous dog with a reassuring pat.

Definitions of steady
  1. adjective
    securely in position; not shaky
    “held the ladder steady
    not likely to fail or give way
  2. adjective
    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
    synonyms: firm, unfluctuating
    resistant to change of position or condition
  3. adjective
    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
    “a steady beat”
    “a steady job”
    “a steady breeze”
    “a steady increase”
    “a good steady ballplayer”
    not agitated or disturbed emotionally
    being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
    resistant to change of position or condition
    consistent, dependable, rock-steady, steady-going
    consistent in performance or behavior
    even, regular
    occurring at fixed intervals
    (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
    level, unwavering
    not showing abrupt variations
    made steady or constant
    certain not to fail
    footsure, sure-footed, surefooted
    not liable to stumble or fall
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    subject to change or variation
    troubled emotionally and usually deeply
    not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
    lacking stability or fixity or firmness
    arrhythmic, jerking, jerky
    lacking a steady rhythm
    convulsive, spasmodic, spastic
    affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
    unsteady in speech or action
    aflicker, flickering
    shining unsteadily
    having unpredictable ups and downs
    palpitant, palpitating
    having a slight and rapid trembling motion
    shaky, shivering, trembling
    vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze
    quavering, tremulous
    (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
    shifting, shifty
    changing position or direction
    shaking convulsively or violently
    tottering, tottery
    unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age
    variable and recurring at irregular intervals
    (of sound) fluctuating unsteadily
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  4. adjective
    not easily excited or upset
    steady nerves”
    not easily excited
  5. verb
    make steady
    steady yourself”
    synonyms: becalm, calm
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    stabilise, stabilize
    become stable or more stable
  6. verb
    support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
    synonyms: brace, stabilise, stabilize
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    make steady with a ballast
    steady or support with a guy wire or cable
    type of:
    beef up, fortify, strengthen
    make strong or stronger
  7. adverb
    in a steady manner
    synonyms: steadily
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    falteringly, uncertainly, unsteadily
    in an unsteady manner
  8. adjective
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    synonyms: firm, steadfast, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  9. adjective
    relating to a person who does something regularly
    synonyms: regular
    coming at short intervals or habitually
  10. noun
    a person loved by another person
    synonyms: sweetheart, sweetie, truelove
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    dulcinea, ladylove
    a woman who is a man's sweetheart
    sugar daddy
    a wealthy older man who gives a young person expensive gifts in return for friendship or intimacy
    a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day
    type of:
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
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