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Definitions of step

  1. the sound of a step of someone walking; " he heard footsteps on the porch"
  2. 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"
  3. relative position in a graded series; " always a step behind"; " subtle gradations in color"; " keep in step with the fashions"
  4. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; " the situation called for strong measures"; " the police took steps to reduce crime"
  5. put down the foot, place the foot; " For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"
  6. the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; " he walked with unsteady steps"
  7. a musical interval of two semitones
  8. a short distance; " it's only a step to the drugstore"
  9. take a step
  10. a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
  11. a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; " the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
  12. measure ( distances) by pacing; " step off ten yards"
  13. place ( a ship's mast) in its step
  14. shift or move by taking a step; " step back"
  15. put down or press the foot, place the foot; " For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; " step on the brake"
  16. walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; " step over to the blackboard"
  17. move with one's feet in a specific manner; " step lively"
  18. furnish with steps; " The architect wants to step the terrace"
  19. treat badly; " This boss abuses his workers"; " She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  20. cause ( a computer) to execute a single command
  21. At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court into an inner and an outer portion.
  22. 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.
  23. To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.
  24. To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
  25. Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination.
  26. To set, as the foot.
  27. To fix the foot of ( a mast) in its step; to erect.
  28. An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.
  32. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
  33. Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step.
  34. Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
  35. Walk; passage.
  36. A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
  40. The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale.
  41. A change of position effected by a motion of translation.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Stepped.
  47. Stepping.
  48. 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..
  49. To set, as a foot: to fix, as a mast:- pr. p. stepping; pa. t and pa. p. stepped.
  50. A pace; small space or distance; degree; stair; footprint; proceeding.
  51. To fix, as a mast.
  52. To move by pacing; walk.
  53. Stepmother.
  54. Step- daughter.
  55. To place set, or move, as the foot.
  56. To set ( a mast) in a socket.
  57. To take a step or steps; move the feet.
  58. A motion by change of position of a foot.
  59. The distance passed over by one movement of the foot.
  60. That upon which the foot is placed in ascending or descending.
  61. An advance or promotion.
  62. Walk; gait.
  63. A footprint.
  64. An interval between tones.
  65. A prefix denoting relationship through the marriage only of a parent, and not by blood.
  66. Stepbrother.
  67. Stepchild.
  68. Stepfather.
  69. Stepsister.
  70. Stepson.
  71. Walk.
  72. 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.
  73. A prefix to express relation by marriage, as step- brother, a brother- in- law, or one by marriage.
  74. To set, as a foot; to fix the foot of a mast in the keel.
  75. To advance or recede by a movement of the foot; to go; to walk gravely, slowly or resolutely.
  76. 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.
  77. To make one pace, as in walking; to advance or recede by one movement of the foot; to walk.
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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. But she would not step down. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  3. Indeed you shall not;- not a step." – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  4. But what step should she next take? – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  5. All you have to do is to step over and get down. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  6. Don took a step forward; and called again: You- we see you. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  7. He started to take another step. – The Holes Around Mars by Jerome Bixby
  8. No such step was taken. – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  9. 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
  10. Won't you step in and tell father about it? – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  11. He took a step down into the room. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  12. I want to step into it, and- we have not been out all day. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  13. This then was the first step. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  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. " That was his step," cried the girl at last. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  16. " Step in here," she said. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  17. So we thought we'd step along first. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  18. They must know they are being left behind, that they're getting out of step. – The Way of Decision by M. C. Pease
  19. Don't you like Arab's step? – Viking Boys by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
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