step: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (step), [key]
— n., v., stepped, step•ping.
- a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the weight of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking, running, or dancing.
- such a movement followed by a movement of equal distance of the other foot: The soldier took one step forward and stood at attention.
- the space passed over or the distance measured by one such movement of the foot.
- the sound made by the foot in making such a movement.
- a mark or impression made by the foot on the ground; footprint.
- the manner of walking; gait; stride.
- pace in marching: double-quick step.
- a pace uniform with that of another or others, or in time with music.
- movements or course in walking or running: to retrace one's steps.
- a move, act, or proceeding, as toward some end or in the general course of some action; stage, measure, or period: the five steps to success.
- rank, degree, or grade, as on a vertical scale.
- a support for the foot in ascending or descending: a step of a ladder; a stair of 14 steps.
- a very short distance: She was never more than a step away from her children.
- a repeated pattern or unit of movement in a dance formed by a combination of foot and body motions.
- a degree of the staff or of the scale.
- the interval between two adjacent scale degrees; second. Cf.semitone, whole step.
- a stepladder.
- an offset part of anything.
- a socket, frame, or platform for supporting the lower end of a mast.
- a flat-topped ledge on the face of a quarry or a mine working.
- to interrupt or cease walking or marching in step: The marching units were allowed to break step after they had passed the reviewing stand.
- They are not in step with the times.
- moving in time to a rhythm or with the corresponding step of others.
- in harmony or conformity with:They are not in step with the times.
- to keep pace; stay in step: The construction of classrooms and the training of teachers have not kept step with population growth.
- They are out of step with the others in their group.
- not in time to a rhythm or corresponding to the step of others.
- not in harmony or conformity with:They are out of step with the others in their group.
- We were shown the steelmaking process step by step.
- from one stage to the next in sequence.
- gradually and steadily:We were shown the steelmaking process step by step.
- to set about putting something into operation; begin to act: I will take steps to see that your application is processed.
- to proceed with caution; behave prudently: If she doesn't watch her step, she will be fired from her job.
- to move, go, etc., by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, or by using the feet alternately in this manner: to step forward.
- to walk, or go on foot, esp. for a few strides or a short distance: Step over to the bar.
- to move with measured steps, as in a dance.
- to go briskly or fast, as a horse.
- to obtain, find, win, come upon, etc., something easily and naturally, as if by a mere step of the foot: to step into a good business opportunity.
- to put the foot down; tread by intention or accident: to step on a cat's tail.
- to press with the foot, as on a lever, spring, or the like, in order to operate some mechanism.
- to take (a step, pace, stride, etc.).
- to go through or perform the steps of (a dance).
- to move or set (the foot) in taking a step.
- to measure (a distance, ground, etc.) by steps (sometimes fol. by off or out).
- to make or arrange in the manner of a series of steps.
- to fix (a mast) in its step.
- Although he was past retirement age, he refused to step down and let his son take over the business.
- to lower or decrease by degrees.
- to relinquish one's authority or control; resign:Although he was past retirement age, he refused to step down and let his son take over the business.
- to become involved; intervene, as in a quarrel or fight: The brawl was well under way by the time the police stepped in.
- to hasten one's activity or steps; hurry up: If we don't step on it, we'll miss the show.
- We're stepping out tonight.
- to leave a place, esp. for a brief period of time.
- to walk or march at a more rapid pace.
- to go out to a social gathering or on a date:We're stepping out tonight.
- to step up production.
- to raise or increase by degrees:to step up production.
- to be promoted; advance.
- to make progress; improve.
- a prefix denoting connection between members of a family by the remarriage of a parent and not by blood: stepbrother.
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