Synonyms for steadily

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEADILY

As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.

I must keep on steadily with Ted's Latin this fall and winter.

As she turned at the close of the service he was looking at her steadily.

"But I do not love you," Sidney replied, mentally but steadily.

The breach between Palmer and Christine was steadily widening.

Eileen looked at Linda steadily, trying to see to the depths of her soul.

The snow was falling quietly and steadily, as it had fallen all day.

"I've been over an' got our clock an' the rest of our things," said Amanda, steadily.

Good Indian took one long step over the ditch, and went on steadily.

Christian was steadily cheerful that morning, imperturbably practical.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.

Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.

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