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From Center English stede, stedi, stidiʒ, from Previous English stæþþiġ, from stæþ (stead, financial institution); equal to stathe +‎ -y or stead +‎ -y. Cognate with West Frisian stadich (gradual), Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, Swedish stadig, Icelandic stöðugur, Center Dutch stedigh, German stätig, stetig.



regular (comparative steadier, superlative steadiest)

  1. Agency in standing or place; not tottering or shaking; fastened; agency.

    Maintain the ladder regular whereas I am going up.

    • 1590, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the web page quantity)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Covntesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: [] William Ponsonbie, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Full Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: College Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:

      Their ft regular, their arms diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Novice Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:

      However then I had the flintlock by me for cover. ¶ There have been giants within the days when that gun was made; for absolutely no fashionable mortal might have held that mass of steel regular to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the highest of it fashioned, nonetheless, an excellent gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, purpose might be taken out of the window, [].

    • Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her regular gaze, her alluring smile ; he couldn’t inform what this prisoner may do.
  2. Fixed in feeling, function, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not simply moved or persuaded to change a function; resolute.

    a person regular in his ideas, in his function, or within the pursuit of an object

    • 2003, Division of Transportation, Federal Freeway Administration, Guide on Uniform Site visitors Management Units: Inserts Solely (web page 10)
      Throughout programmed modifications, no regular inexperienced sign indication or flashing yellow sign indication shall be terminated and instantly adopted by a regular pink or flashing pink sign indication with out first displaying the regular yellow sign []
  3. Clean and never bumpy or with obstructions.

    a regular experience

  4. Common and even.

    the regular course of the Solar;  a regular breeze of wind

  5. Gradual.



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regular (third-person singular easy current steadies, current participle steadying, easy previous and previous participle steadied)

  1. (transitive, generally figuratively) To stabilize; to forestall from shaking.
    I took a drink to regular my nerves.
  2. (intransitive) To develop into secure.
    • 2010, Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan
      The ship steadied within the air. One other spray of ballast got here, heavier than the final.



regular (plural steadies)

  1. A relaxation or help, as for the hand, a instrument, or a chunk of labor.
  2. (casual) An everyday boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • 2002, Frederick E. Von Burg, Preserve My White Sneakers, Package Carson, iUniverse (→ISBN), web page 13:
      “Dalton is my regular, now. If I break up with him, you are the primary on the record.” “Thanks,” stated Ted. “What a privilege to be second alternative.”
  3. (casual) A prostitute’s common buyer.
    • 2013, Sheila Foster, Soho Whore:

      A few of my steadies needed me to exit with them on a date. Sometimes I let one in all them take me to a movie or out for a meal.


regular (not comparable)

  1. (rowing, casual) To row with strain at a low stroke-rating, usually 18 strokes per minute.

    After the dash items, we rowed regular for the remainder of follow.

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