Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A step with the foot.
  • n. The sound of a foot stepping. Also called footfall.
  • n. The distance covered by a step: a footstep away.
  • n. See footprint.
  • n. A step on which to go up or down.
  • idiom follow in (someone's) footsteps To carry on the behavior, work, or tradition of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mark or impression left by a foot; a track.
  • n. By extension, the indications or waypoints of a course or direction taken.
  • n. The sound made by walking, running etc.
  • n. A step, as in a stair.
  • n. The distance between one foot and the next when walking; a pace.
  • n. The act of taking a step.
  • n. An inclined plane under a hand printing press.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mark or impression of the foot; a track; hence, visible sign of a course pursued; token; mark.
  • n. An inclined plane under a hand printing press.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tread of the foot; a footfall; a stepping: as, I hear his footstep on the stair.
  • n. The mark or impression of a foot; a footprint; a track.
  • n. Hence plural The steps taken or methods pursued in any series of actions; a course of proceedings or measures, or the track or path marked out by such a course: as, the conqueror's footsteps were everywhere marked by blood; to follow the footsteps or in the footsteps of one's predecessor.
  • n. An evidence or token of anything done; a manifest mark or indication.
  • n. In mech.: The pillow in which the foot of an upright or vertical shaft works.
  • n. An inclined plane under a hand printing-press.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the distance covered by a step
  • n. the act of taking a step in walking
  • n. the sound of a step of someone walking

Etymologies

foot +‎ step (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He notes that, ‘A series of footsteps, for instance, can form a single experienced event, despite the fact that each footstep is a separate sound.’

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  • [ "Ah! faint are her limbs, and her footstep is weary,"] 5.

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  • Jimmy's first emotion on hearing the footstep was the crude instinct of self-preservation.

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  • Of course, William would come home as usual; and yet, though the sound of his footstep was the one sound she had listened for all day, Dora would immediately begin to petrify again, and when he would approach her with open arms, asking her to forgive and forget the morning, she would demur just long enough to set him alight again.

    Prose Fancies

  • What it signifies I cannot conjecture, except it had some reference to a certain legend of a bloody footstep, which is currently told, and some token of which yet remains on one of the thresholds of the ancient mansion-house. "

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  • And we urge that the smart KDP members will follow their footstep and together we can over though the leadership and build a functional government that is for all citizens not just the three mafia families.

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  • Quoting from that report, Fear harries his every footstep, caution muffles his words.

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  • My steps crunch over the hard-packed snow that covers the drive, unmarred by a single footstep.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • And another noise, like a footstep clop, footstep clop.

    Times Squared

  • I hear her voice in my head as I pare down a line or find the footstep of a phrase.

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