(Steel"yard) n. [So named from a place in London called the Steelyard, which was a yard
in which steel was sold.] A form of balance in which the body to be weighed is suspended from the
shorter arm of a lever, which turns on a fulcrum, and a counterpoise is caused to slide upon the longer
arm to produce equilibrium, its place upon this arm (which is notched or graduated) indicating the weight; a
Roman balance; very commonly used also in the plural form, steelyards.
(Steem) n. & v. See Esteem. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Steem), n. & v. See 1st and 2nd Stem. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Steen) n. [AS. stna. See Stone.] [Written also stean.]
1. A vessel of clay or stone. "An huge great earth-pot steane." Spenser.
2. A wall of brick, stone, or cement, used as a lining, as of a well, cistern, etc.; a steening.
(Steen), v. t. [AS. stnan to adorn with stones or gems. See Stone.] To line, as a well, with
brick, stone, or other hard material. [Written also stean, and stein.]
(||Steen"bok`) n. [D. steen stone + bok buck.] (Zoöl.) Same as Steinbock.
(Steen"ing), n. A lining made of brick, stone, or other hard material, as for a well. [Written
(Steen"kirk` Stein"kirk`) , n. [So called from the battle of Steinkirk, in 1692, on which occasion
the French nobles had no time to arrange their lace neckcloths.] A kind of neckcloth worn in a loose
and disorderly fashion.
(Steep) a. Bright; glittering; fiery. [Obs.]
His eyen steep, and rolling in his head.Chaucer.
(Steep), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Steeped (stept); p. pr. & vb. n. Steeping.] [OE. stepen, probably
fr. Icel. steypa to cause to stoop, cast down, pour out, to cast metals, causative of stupa to stoop; cf.
Sw. stöpa to cast, to steep, Dan. stöbe, 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 steepWordsworth.
The little, trembling flowers.
The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.Earle.
(Steep), v. i. To undergo the process of soaking in a liquid; as, the tea is steeping. [Colloq.]
1. Something steeped, or used in steeping; a fertilizing liquid to hasten the germination of seeds.
2. A rennet bag. [Prov. Eng.]