- The definition of a step is the act of placing one foot in front of the other, or one part of a process.
- An example of a step is one stair in a staircase.
- An example of a step is the first part in a scientific experiment.
- To step is defined as to move by foot.
An example of to step is to place a foot on a path.
step definition by Webster's New World
- the act of moving and placing the foot forward, backward, sideways, up, or down, as in walking, dancing, or climbing
- the distance covered by such a movement
- a short distance
- a manner of stepping; gait
- any of various paces or strides in marching: the goose step
- a sequence of movements in dancing, usually repeated in a set pattern
- the sound of stepping; tread; footfall
- a mark or impression made by stepping; footprint
- a rest for the foot in climbing, as a stair or the rung of a ladder
- a flight of stairs
- Brit. a stepladder
- something resembling a stair step; specif.,
- a bend or angle, as in a supply pipe, for passing around an obstruction
- a shelf or ledge cut in mining or quarrying
- a raised frame or platform supporting the butt end of a mast
- any of a series of angled surfaces on the underside of the hull of a hydroplane or seaplane
- a degree; rank; level; stage: one step nearer victory
- any of a series of acts, processes, etc.: explain the next step
- a degree of the staff or scale
- the interval between two consecutive degrees
Origin: Middle English steppe ; from Old English stepe, akin to German stapf ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steb(h)-, post (from source stamp): basic sense “to stamp feet”
- to move by executing a step or steps
- to walk, esp. a short distance: step outside
- to move with measured steps, as in dancing
- to move quickly or briskly: often with along
- to come or enter (into a situation, condition, etc.): to step into a fortune
- to put the foot down (on or in something)
- to press down with the foot (on something): to step on the brake
Origin: ME steppen < OE steppan
- to take (one or more strides or paces)
- to set (the foot) down
- to move across or over on foot
- to execute the steps of (a dance)
- to measure by taking steps: usually with off: step off ten paces
- to provide with steps; specif.,
- to cut steps in (a slope, etc.)
- to arrange in a series of degrees or grades: to step tests
- Naut. to set and fix (a mast) in its step
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English steop-, orphaned (akin to German stief-, Old Norse stjup-) ; from base of stiepan, to bereave, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)teub-, to strike (hence “cut off”) from source stump, steep: origin, originally used of orphaned children
step definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The single complete movement of raising one foot and putting it down in another spot, as in walking.b. A manner of walking; a particular gait.c. A fixed rhythm or pace, as in marching: keep step.d. The sound of a footstep.e. A footprint: steps in the mud.
- a. The distance traversed by moving one foot ahead of the other.b. A very short distance: just a step away.c. steps Course; path: turned her steps toward home.
- One of a series of rhythmical, patterned movements of the feet used in a dance: diagrammed the basic steps to the mambo.
- a. A rest for the foot in ascending or descending.b. steps Stairs.c. Something, such as a ledge or an offset, that resembles a step of a stairway.
- a. One of a series of actions, processes, or measures taken to achieve a goal.b. A stage in a process: followed every step in the instructions.
- A degree in progress or a grade or rank in a scale: a step up in the corporate hierarchy.
- Music a. The interval that separates two successive tones of a scale.b. A degree of a scale.
- Nautical The block in which the heel of a mast is fixed.
- To put or press the foot: step on the brake.
- To shift or move slightly by taking a step or two: step back.
- To walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified direction: step over to the corner.
- To move with the feet in a particular manner: step lively.
- To move into a new situation by or as if by taking a single step: stepping into a life of ease.
- To treat someone with arrogant indifference: He is always stepping on other people.
- To put or set (the foot) down: step foot on land.
- To measure by pacing: step off ten yards.
- To furnish with steps; make steps in: terraces that are stepped along the hillside.
- Computer Science To cause (a computer) to execute a single instruction.
- Nautical To place (a mast) in its step.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English stǽpe, stepe.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English stēop-.
step - Computer Definition
step - Phrases/Idioms
- conforming to a rhythm or cadence as in marching or dancing; esp., conforming to the cadence of another marcher or other marchers
- in conformity or agreement
out of step
step by step
- gradually or slowly
- by marking or noting, or by explaining, each stage in a process
- â to resign or abdicate (from an office, position, etc.)
- â to decrease or reduce, as in rate, by or as by one or more steps, or degrees
step on it
- to leave a room or building for a short time
- to start to walk briskly, esp. with long strides
- â Informal to go out for a good time
- Informal to be unfaithful to: with on
- to go or come near; approach
- to advance or progress
- â to increase or raise, as in rate, by or as by one or more steps, or degrees
watch one's stepâ
- to exercise care in walking or stepping
- Informal to be careful or cautious
- Moving in rhythm.
- In conformity with one's environment: in step with the times.
out of step
- Not moving in rhythm: recruits marching out of step.
- Not in conformity with one's environment: out of step with the times.
step by step
step on it