Steep

Definition of Steep

Pronunciation: stēpt
a.1.Bright; glittering; fiery.
His eyen steep, and rolling in his head.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Steeped (stēpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Steeping.]
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.
- Earle.
v. i.1.To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping.
n.1.Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
2.A rennet bag.
a.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 easily reached; lofty; elevated; high.
3.Excessive; as, a steep price.
n.1.A precipitous place, hill, mountain, rock, or ascent; any elevated object sloping with a large angle to the plane of the horizon; a precipice.
We had on each side naked rocks and mountains broken into a thousand irregular steeps and precipices.
- Addison.
Bare steeps, where desolation stalks.
- Wordsworth.

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