Step definition

stĕp
To put or set (the foot) down.

Step foot on land.

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(nautical) To place (a mast) in its step.
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To move by executing a step or steps.
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To put or press the foot.

Step on the brake.

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To measure by pacing.

Step off ten yards.

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(computers) To cause (a computer) to execute a single instruction.
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One of a series of rhythmical, patterned movements of the feet used in a dance.

Diagrammed the basic steps to the mambo.

noun
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To furnish with steps; make steps in.

Terraces that are stepped along the hillside.

verb
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A rest for the foot in climbing.
  • Any of the parts of a stairway formed by a tread supported by a riser.
  • The tread itself.
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Related through the remarriage of a parent.

Stepchild, stepparent.

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A very short distance.

Just a step away.

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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.

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To step is defined as to move by foot.

An example of to step is to place a foot on a path.

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A degree in progress or a grade or rank in a scale.

A step up in the corporate hierarchy.

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The single complete movement of raising one foot and putting it down in another spot, as in walking.
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A manner of walking; a particular gait.
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A fixed rhythm or pace, as in marching.

Keep step.

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The sound of a footstep.
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A footprint.

Steps in the mud.

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The distance traversed by moving one foot ahead of the other.
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Course; path.

Turned her steps toward home.

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A rest for the foot in ascending or descending.
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Stairs.
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Something, such as a ledge or an offset, that resembles a step of a stairway.
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A low platform used for exercise, as in step aerobics.
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One of a series of actions, processes, or measures taken to achieve a goal.
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A stage in a process.

Followed every step in the instructions.

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The interval that separates two successive tones of a scale.
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A degree of a scale.
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To shift or move slightly by taking a step or two.

Step back.

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To walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified direction.

Step over to the corner.

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The interval between two consecutive degrees.
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To measure by taking steps.

Step off ten paces.

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(nautical) The block in which the heel of a mast is fixed.
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To move with the feet in a particular manner.

Step lively.

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To move into a new situation by or as if by taking a single step.

Stepping into a life of ease.

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To treat someone with arrogant indifference.

He is always stepping on other people.

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The act of moving and placing the foot forward, backward, sideways, up, or down, as in walking, dancing, or climbing.
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A short distance.
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The sound of stepping; tread; footfall.
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A mark or impression made by stepping; footprint.
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Something resembling a stair step.
  • A bend or angle, as in a supply pipe, for passing around an obstruction.
  • A shelf or ledge cut in mining or quarrying.
  • (naut.) A raised frame or platform for 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.
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A degree; rank; level; stage.

One step nearer victory.

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Any of a series of acts, processes, etc.

Explain the next step.

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The distance covered by such a movement.
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The path covered by a series of such movements.

To retrace one's steps.

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A manner of stepping; gait.
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Any of various paces or strides in marching.

The goose step.

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A sequence of movements in dancing, usually repeated in a set pattern.
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A stairway.
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(brit.) A stepladder.
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A degree of the staff or scale.
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To walk, esp. a short distance.

Step outside.

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To move with measured steps, as in dancing.
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To move quickly or briskly.
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To come or enter (into a situation, condition, etc.)

To step into a fortune.

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To put the foot down (on or in something)
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To press down with the foot (on something)

To step on the brake.

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To take (one or more strides or paces)
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To execute the steps of (a dance)
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To provide with steps; specif., to arrange in a series of degrees or grades.

To step tests.

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(naut.) To set and fix (a mast) in its step.
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To set (the foot) down.
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To move across or over on foot.
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(intransitive) 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.
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(intransitive) To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance.

To step to one of the neighbors.

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(intransitive) To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To move mentally; to go in imagination.
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To set, as the foot.
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(nautical) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
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An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
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A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder.
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A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus.

The driver must have a clear view of the step in order to prevent accidents.

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The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress.

One step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less. He improved step by step, or by steps.

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A small space or distance.

It is but a step.

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A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
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A gait; manner of walking.

The approach of a man is often known by his step.

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Proceeding; measure; action; act.
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(plural) A walk; passage.
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(plural): A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
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(nautical) 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.
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(machines) 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.
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(machines) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
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(music) The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.

Usage note: The word tone is often used as the name of this interval; but there is evident incongruity in using tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder, the intervals may well be called steps.

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(kinematics) A change of position effected by a motion of translation. - William Kingdon Clifford.
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A prefix used before father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, child, and so forth, to indicate that the person being identified is not a blood relative but is related through the marriage of a parent.
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Related by means of a remarriage rather than by blood.

Stepparent.

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in step
  • Moving in rhythm.
  • In conformity with one's environment:
    In step with the times.
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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.
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step by step
  • By degrees.
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(informal) step on it
  • To go faster; hurry.
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break step
  • to stop marching in cadence
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in step
  • 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
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keep step
  • to stay in step
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out of step
  • not in step
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step by step
  • gradually or slowly
  • by marking or noting, or by explaining, each stage in a process
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step down
  • to resign or abdicate (from an office, position, etc.)
  • to decrease or reduce, as in rate, by or as by one or more steps, or degrees
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step in
  • to intervene
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step it
  • to dance
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step on it
  • to go faster; hurry; hasten
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step out
  • to leave a room or building for a short time
  • to start to walk briskly, esp. with long strides
  • to go out for a good time
  • to be unfaithful to
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step up
  • to go or come near; approach
  • to advance or progress
  • to increase or raise, as in rate, by or as by one or more steps, or degrees
  • step up to the plate (see phrase below)
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step up to the plate
  • to take one's position in the batter's box
  • to meet one's responsibility or challenge; rise to the occasion
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take steps
  • to adopt certain means or measures in order to facilitate, hinder, or modify something
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watch one's step
  • to exercise care in walking or stepping
  • to be careful or cautious
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
step
Plural:
steps

Origin of step

  • ME < OE steop-, orphaned (akin to Ger stief-, ON stjup-) < base of stiepan, to bereave, prob. < IE *(s)teub-, to strike (hence “cut off”) > stump, steep: orig. used of orphaned children

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English stæpe, stepe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English stēop-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English steppen, from Old English steppan (“to step, go, proceed, advance"), stepe (“step"), from Proto-Germanic *stapjanÄ… (“to step"), *stapiz (“step"), from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb-, *stÁbÊ°-, *stemb-, *stembÊ°- (“to support, stomp, curse, be amazed"). Cognate with West Frisian stappe (“to step"), North Frisian stape (“to walk, trudge"), Dutch stappen (“to step, walk"), German stapfen (“to trudge, stomp, plod"). Related to stamp, stomp.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English step-, from Old English stÄ“op- (“deprived of a relative, step-", prefix), from Proto-Germanic *steupa- (“orphaned, step-"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teup- (“to push, strike"). Cognate with Scots step- (“step-"), West Frisian stiep- (“step-"), Dutch stief- (“step-"), Low German steef- (“step-"), German stief- (“step-"), Swedish styv- (“step-"), Icelandic stjúp- (“step-"). Related to Old English stÄ«epan (“to deprive, bereave").

    From Wiktionary