Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The single complete movement of raising one foot and putting it down in another spot, as in walking.
  • noun A manner of walking; a particular gait.
  • noun A fixed rhythm or pace, as in marching.
  • noun The sound of a footstep.
  • noun A footprint.
  • noun The distance traversed by moving one foot ahead of the other.
  • noun A very short distance.
  • noun Course; path.
  • noun One of a series of rhythmical, patterned movements of the feet used in a dance.
  • noun A rest for the foot in ascending or descending.
  • noun Stairs.
  • noun Something, such as a ledge or an offset, that resembles a step of a stairway.
  • noun A low platform used for exercise, as in step aerobics.
  • noun One of a series of actions, processes, or measures taken to achieve a goal.
  • noun A stage in a process.
  • noun A degree in progress or a grade or rank in a scale.
  • noun The interval that separates two successive tones of a scale.
  • noun A degree of a scale.
  • noun Nautical The block in which the heel of a mast is fixed.
  • intransitive verb To put or press the foot.
  • intransitive verb To shift or move slightly by taking a step or two.
  • intransitive verb To walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified direction.
  • intransitive verb To move with the feet in a particular manner.
  • intransitive verb To move into a new situation by or as if by taking a single step.
  • intransitive verb To treat someone with arrogant indifference.
  • intransitive verb To put or set (the foot) down.
  • intransitive verb To measure by pacing.
  • intransitive verb To furnish with steps; make steps in.
  • intransitive verb Computers To cause (a computer) to execute a single instruction.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To place (a mast) in its step.
  • idiom (in step) Moving in rhythm.
  • idiom (in step) In conformity with one's environment.
  • idiom (out of step) Not moving in rhythm.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English stæpe, stepe.]

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From Middle English steppen, from Old English steppan ("to step, go, proceed, advance"), from Proto-Germanic *stapjanan (“to step”), from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb-, *stÁbʰ-, *stemb-, *stembʰ- (“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.

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Old English stepe

Examples

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  • _Following meant keeping in step with God, never missing step_.

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  • Alice knew his step, she knew _his horse's step_ too well; she had raised herself up, and stretched out both arms towards him before he entered.

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  • Alice knew his step, she knew _his horse's step_ too well; she had raised herself up and stretched out both arms towards him before he entered.

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  • I was very impressed with your \ "step by step\" approach.

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