Definitions of step

  1. a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; " he taught them the waltz step"
  2. the sound of a step of someone walking; " he heard footsteps on the porch"
  3. a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; a clue that someone was present; " the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
  4. the distance covered by a step; " he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
  5. relative position in a graded series; " always a step behind"; " subtle gradations in color"; " keep in step with the fashions"
  6. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; " the situation called for strong measures"; " the police took steps to reduce crime"
  7. support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; " he paused on the bottom step"
  8. put down the foot, place the foot; " For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
  9. the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; " he walked with unsteady steps"
  10. a musical interval of two semitones
  11. a short distance; " it's only a step to the drugstore"
  12. take a step
  13. a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
  14. a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; " the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
  15. move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation; " She stepped into a life of luxury"; " he won't step into his father's footsteps"
  16. measure ( distances) by pacing; " step off ten yards"
  17. place ( a ship's mast) in its step
  18. shift or move by taking a step; " step back"
  19. put down or press the foot, place the foot; " For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; " step on the brake"
  20. walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; " step over to the blackboard"
  21. move with one's feet in a specific manner; " step lively"
  22. furnish with steps; " The architect wants to step the terrace"
  23. treat badly; " This boss abuses his workers"; " She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  24. cause ( a computer) to execute a single command
  25. At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court into an inner and an outer portion.
  26. To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
  27. To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.
  28. To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
  29. Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination.
  30. To set, as the foot.
  31. To fix the foot of ( a mast) in its step; to erect.
  32. An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace.
  33. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a ladder.
  34. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running; as, one step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by steps.
  35. A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.
  36. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
  37. Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step.
  38. Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
  39. Walk; passage.
  40. A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
  41. In general, a framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.
  42. One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.
  43. A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
  44. The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale.
  45. A change of position effected by a motion of translation.
  46. A prefix used before father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, child, etc., to indicate that the person thus spoken of is not a blood relative, but is a relative by the marriage of a parent; as, a stepmother to X is the wife of the father of X, married by him after the death of the mother of X. See Stepchild, Stepdaughter, Stepson, etc.
  47. A movement made by the foot in walking, running, etc.; a pace; the distance passed over by a single movement of the foot in walking or running; footprint; manner of walking; gait; as, a steady step; a single tread in a flight of stairs; action; measure; as, the first step in an undertaking; grade; degree; as, to advance a step in a profession; an interval between two tones in a musical scale.
  48. To move the foot backward or forward, etc., and put it down, as in walking, dancing, etc.; to walk a short distance; as, to step around the corner; to walk slowly or with dignity.
  49. To set, as the foot; measure by steps; as, to step off the length of a room; fix the foot of in its frame, and so erect, as a mast.
  50. Stepped.
  51. Stepping.
  52. A pace: the distance crossed by the foot in walking or running: a small space: degree: one remove in ascending or descending a stair: round of a ladder: footprint: manner of walking: proceeding: action:- pl. walk: a self- supporting ladder with flat steps..
  53. To advance or retire by pacing: to walk: to walk slowly or gravely.
  54. To set, as a foot: to fix, as a mast:- pr. p. stepping; pa. t and pa. p. stepped.
  55. A pace; small space or distance; degree; stair; footprint; proceeding.
  56. To fix, as a mast.
  57. To move by pacing; walk.
  58. Stepmother.
  59. Step- daughter.
  60. To place set, or move, as the foot.
  61. To set ( a mast) in a socket.
  62. To take a step or steps; move the feet.
  63. A motion by change of position of a foot.
  64. The distance passed over by one movement of the foot.
  65. That upon which the foot is placed in ascending or descending.
  66. An advance or promotion.
  67. Walk; gait.
  68. A footprint.
  69. An interval between tones.
  70. A prefix denoting relationship through the marriage only of a parent, and not by blood.
  71. Stepbrother.
  72. Stepchild.
  73. Stepfather.
  74. Stepsister.
  75. Stepson.
  76. Walk.
  77. A pace; the space between the feet in walking or running; one remove in ascending or descending a stair; a small space; gradation; degree; progression; footstep; gait; proceeding; action; the round of a ladder.
  78. A prefix to express relation by marriage, as step- brother, a brother- in- law, or one by marriage.
  79. To set, as a foot; to fix the foot of a mast in the keel.
  80. To advance or recede by a movement of the foot; to go; to walk gravely, slowly or resolutely.
  81. A forward movement made by one removal of the foot; the space so passed over; one rise of a stair or ladder; a print or impression of the foot; any small space or distance; degree; progression; manner of walking; proceeding; action.
  82. To make one pace, as in walking; to advance or recede by one movement of the foot; to walk.

Antonyms for step

far cry, infinity, country mile, mile, light year, long haul, afar.

Quotes of step

  1. In the immediate postwar years, the whole of Europe was in a recession. So first of all, it helped us step out of a recession; it gave a certain amount of speed to the economy. But that was the first step – Giovanni Agnelli
  2. I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy. – Giacomo Casanova
  3. You might have a favorite book or film, but you can only watch or read it so many times before you have to let it sit and then go back and realize it's your favorite still. At some point everything gets a little stale and you have to step away from it. – Les Claypool
  4. I want to do a collaboration or some kind of side thing or some soundtrack work. Because I've been doing this for years and years. I'd like to just step out and try something different. – Jon Crosby
  5. The U. S. should support the historic Gaza withdrawal as a first step toward a final settlement: a permanent Palestinian state in Gaza and nearly all of the West Bank. – Lee H. Hamilton
  6. Pale death, with impartial step knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings. – Horace
  7. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. – William James
  8. The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life. – Arthur Keith
  9. Each one of these treaties is a step for the maintenance of peace, an additional guarantee against war. It is through such machinery that the disputes between nations will be settled and war prevented. – Frank B. Kellogg
  10. Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation's Declaration of Independence. Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America's flag and the ideals it represents. – Ron Lewis
  11. When I was a kid, my step dad started this business and would go out and get lost cows and stuff. He was part -time truck driver, farmer and cowboy. He taught me how to ride from an early age. – Tim McGraw
  12. The first step is that the Cambodian government has expressed sincerity to apologize for what happened. – Thaksin Shinawatra
  13. What happens in the music business is that if you step out of your little spot to do something else, the sand falls right into where you stood and you're gone, you're history. – Nancy Sinatra
  14. I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles have decided to take this important step – Rowan Williams
  15. Spreading out the particle into a string is a step in the direction of making everything we're familiar with fuzzy. You enter a completely new world where things aren't at all what you're used to. – Edward Witten

Usage examples for step

  1. Susannah found herself following, step by step behind this girl whose face she had as yet not seen. – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin
  2. Indeed you shall not;- not a step – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  3. Don't you like Arab's step – Viking Boys by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  4. And what might follow if I took such a strange step – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  5. Won't you step in and tell father about it? – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  6. " That was his step cried the girl at last. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  7. I want to step into it, and- we have not been out all day. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  8. No such step was taken. – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  9. But what step should she next take? – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  10. They must know they are being left behind, that they're getting out of step – The Way of Decision by M. C. Pease
  11. He started to take another step – The Holes Around Mars by Jerome Bixby
  12. But she would not step down. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  13. So we thought we'd step along first. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  14. " It is but a step and it will do me no harm, but good, to go with the bairns," said she, and she got her own way. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  15. This then was the first step – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  16. He gave one step forward, and the woman spoke again: " I telled yer pappy that I'd bring ye!" – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  17. All you have to do is to step over and get down. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  18. Don took a step forward; and called again: You- we see you. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  19. " Step in here," she said. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  20. He took a step down into the room. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason

Rhymes for step