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

  • n. One that steps, especially in a fast or spirited manner.
  • n. Informal A dancer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dancer.
  • n. A person or animal that steps energetically or high.
  • n. A kind of electric motor (a stepper motor) that advances in steps rather than smoothly.
  • n. A device used in the manufacture of microcircuits to apply a photolithographic image repeatedly, at regular intervals (by imaging, moving a step and repeating).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, steps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which steps (with a certain gait or carriage expressed or implied); specifically, a fast horse: often in composition: as, a high-stepper; that horse in a good stepper.

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

  • n. a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground while walking or trotting
  • n. a motor (especially an electric motor) that moves or rotates in small discrete steps
  • n. a professional dancer


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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