1 any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime" [syn: measure]
2 the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig" [syn: footstep, pace, stride]
3 the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"
4 support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step" [syn: stair]
5 relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions" [syn: gradation]
6 a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore" [syn: stone's throw]
7 the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps on the porch" [syn: footfall, footstep]
9 a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window" [syn: footprint, footmark]
10 a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
11 a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; "he taught them the waltz step" [syn: dance step]
1 shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
2 put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake" [syn: tread]
3 cause (a computer) to execute a single command
4 treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, ill-treat]
5 furnish with steps; "The architect wants to step the terrace"
6 move with one's feet in a specific manner; "step lively"
7 walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; "step over to the blackboard"
8 place (a ship's mast) in its step
9 measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards" [syn: pace]
10 move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation; "She stepped into a life of luxury"; "he won't step into his father's footsteps" [also: stepping, stepped]
- 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.
- To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.
- To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
- Home the swain retreats, His flock before him stepping to the fold. - Thomson?
- To move mentally; to go in imagination.
- They are stepping almost three thousand years back into the remotest antiquity. - Alexander Pope
- To set, as the foot.
- To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
- in step
- out of step
- step by step
- step aside (to walk a little distance from the rest; to retire from company)
- step down
- step forth (to move or come forth)
- step forward
- to walk or advance into a place or state, or to advance
- Whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. - John 5:4
- To enter for a short time;
- I just stepped into the house
- To obtain possession without trouble; to enter upon easily or suddenly;
- to step into an estate
- to walk or advance into a place or state, or to advance suddenly in
- (military) To increase the length, but not the rapidity, of the step, extending it to thirty-tree inches)
- To go out for a short distance or a short time
- step short (military) (to diminish the length or rapidity of the step according to the established rules)
- step off (to measure by steps, or paces; hence, to divide, as a space, or to form a series of marks, by successive measurements, as with dividers)
- step up
- Chinese: 走 (zǒu), 步行 (bùxíng)
- Czech: kráčet
- Estonian: astuma
- Finnish: astua
- German: treten, schreiten
- Hungarian: lép
- Japanese: 歩く
- Russian: шагать (šagát’), шагнуть (šagnút’)
- Spanish: caminar
- Turkish: adım atmak
Etymology 2Old English stepe
Nounstep (plural: steps)
- An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
- 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.
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
- The breadth of every single step or stair should be never less than one foot. - Sir H. Wotton
- The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or
running; as, one step is generally about three feet, but may be
more or less. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress; as,
he improved step by step, or by steps.
- To derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step in philosophy. - Isaac Newton
- A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.
- A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
- Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step.
- Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
- (plural): Walk; passage.
- Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree. - John Dryden
- (plural): A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position
- In general, 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.
- (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
- (Machines): A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
- The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.
- (Kinematics): A change of position effected by a motion of translation. - W. K. Clifford
- Chinese: 步 (bù), 步态 (bù tài)
- Crimean Tatar: adım
- Croatian: korak
- Czech: krok
- Danish: skridt
- Dutch: stap
- Finnish: askel
- French: pas
- German: Schritt
- Greek: βήμα (víma)
- Hebrew: צעד (tza'ad)
- Hungarian: lépés
- Icelandic: skref
- Italian: passo , punto
- Japanese: 歩み (ayumi), 歩幅, ステップ (suteppu)
- Korean: 단계 (dangye), 걸음 (georeum)
- Polish: krok
- Portuguese: passo , etapa
- Russian: шаг (šag)
- Slovene: korak
- Spanish: paso
- Swedish: steg
- Turkish: adım
Step may refer to:
- Dance step, the building block of many dances
- Step (footing), a horizontal platform of a stairway
- Step (music), an interval between two consecutive scale degrees
- Step (air base), a Soviet/Russian military facility in Chita Oblast
- Steps (group), a British pop band
- Steps (TVB), a Hong Kong television series
- "Step", a song by Low from The Great Destroyer
STEP may refer to:
- STEP (satellite), a planned space science experiment
- Sixth Term Examination Paper
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
- Standard for the Exchange of Product model data
- Standard Template for Electronic Publishing
- Sustainable Transport Energy for Perth
- Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
- US National Academy of Sciences' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
StEP may refer to:
step in Danish: Trin
step in German: STEP
step in German: Stufe
step in Spanish: Paso
step in French: Marche (homonymie)
step in Italian: Passo
step in Portuguese: Passo
step in Russian: Ступень
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