Steep (st&emac;p), a.

Bright; glittering; fiery.

[Obs.]

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

 

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Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steeped (st&emac;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&umac;pa to stoop; cf. Sw. stopa to cast, to steep, Dan. stobe, 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. Earle.

 

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Steep, v. i.

To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping.

[Colloq.]

 

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Steep, n.

1.

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

2.

A rennet bag.

[Prov. Eng.]

 

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Steep, a. [Comper. Steeper (?); superl. Steepest.] [OE. steep, step, AS. ste�xa0;p; akin to Icel. steypr steep, and st&umac;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]

 

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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. Addison.

Bare steeps, where desolation stalks. Wordsworth.

 

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