steep

steep
steep adj Steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. The words are here arranged in ascending order of degree of perpendicularity.
Steep implies so sharp a slope or pitch that ascent or descent is difficult
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a military road, which rises . . . by an acclivity not dangerously steep, but sufficiently laborious— Johnson

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the trail . . . then struck up the side of the mountain, growing steeper every foot of the wayQuillin

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Abrupt adds to steep the suggestion of a sharper pitch or angle of ascent or descent and usually of a sudden break in a level
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high abrupt banks in places become hanging cliffs with a drop of 100 feet or more— Amer. Guide Series: N. C.

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Precipitous suggests extreme steepness and an abruptness like that of a precipice
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a precipitous height

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a deep gorge, with precipitous, volcanic walls which no man could scale— London

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Sheer implies precipitousness approaching the perpendicular and showing no break in its line
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sheer cliffs that fell from the summit to the plain, more than a thousand feet— Cather

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Analogous words: elevated, lifted, raised (see LIFT): lofty, *high
steep vb *soak, saturate, impregnate, drench, sop, waterlog
Analogous words: *infuse, imbue, ingrain: penetrate, pierce, probe (see ENTER)

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  • Steep — Steep, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Steeped} (st[=e]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[=u]pa to stoop; cf. Sw. st[ o]pa to cast, to steep, Dan.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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