1. To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
Perhaps my succour or advisement meet,Spenser.
Mote stead you much your purpose to subdue.
It nothing steads usShak.
To chide him from our eaves.
2. To fill place of. [Obs.] Shak.
(Stead"fast) a. [Stead + fast, that is, fast in place.] [Written also stedfast.]
1. Firmly fixed or established; fast fixed; firm. "This steadfast globe of earth." Spenser.
2. Not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady. "Steadfast eye." Shak.
Abide steadfast unto him [thy neighbor] in the time of his trouble.Ecclus. xxii. 23.
Whom resist steadfast in the faith.1 Pet. v. 9.
(Stead"fast*ly), adv. In a steadfast manner; firmly.
Steadfast believe that whatever God has revealed is infallibly true.Wake.
(Stead"fast*ness), n. The quality or state of being steadfast; firmness; fixedness; constancy.
"The steadfastness of your faith." Col. ii. 5.
To prove her wifehood and her steadfastness.Chaucer.
(Stead"i*ly) adv. In a steady manner.
(Stead"i*ness), n. The quality or state of being steady.
Steadiness is a point of prudence as well as of courage.L'Estrange.
Syn. Constancy; resolution; unchangeableness.
(Stead"ing) n. The brans, stables, cattle-yards, etc., of a farm; called also onstead, farmstead,
farm offices, or farmery. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Stead"y) a. [Compar. Steadier ; superl. Steadiest.] [Cf. AS. stedig sterile, barren, stæig,
steady (in gestæig), D. stedig, stadig, steeg, G. stätig, stetig. See Stead, n.]
1. Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm. "The softest, steadiest plume." Keble.
Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute.Sir P. Sidney.
2. Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded
to alter a purpose; resolute; as, a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an
3. Regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind.
Syn. Fixed; regular; uniform; undeviating; invariable; unremitted; stable.
Steady rest (Mach), a rest in a turning lathe, to keep a long piece of work from trembling.