Definitions for stepstɛp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stepstɛp(n.; v.)stepped, step•ping.

  1. (n.)a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking or dancing.

  2. such a movement followed by a movement of equal distance of the other foot.

  3. the space passed over or the distance measured by one such movement of the foot.

  4. the sound made by the foot in making such a movement.

  5. a mark or impression made by the foot on the ground; footprint.

  6. the manner of stepping; gait; stride.

  7. pace or rhythm in marching:

    double-quick step.

  8. a pace or rhythm uniform with that of another or others, or in time with music.

  9. steps, movements or course in stepping or walking:

    to retrace one's steps.

  10. any of a series of successive stages in a process or the attainment of an end:

    the five steps to success.

  11. rank, degree, or grade, as on a vertical scale.

  12. a support for the foot in ascending or descending:

    the steps of a ladder.

  13. a very short distance.

  14. a repeated pattern or unit of movement in a dance formed by a combination of foot and body motions.

  15. Music. a degree of the staff or of the scale. the interval between two adjacent scale degrees; second.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. a socket, frame, or platform for supporting the lower end of a mast.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  17. (v.i.)to move in steps.

  18. to walk, esp. for a few strides or a short distance:

    Step over to the counter.

  19. to move with measured steps, as in a dance.

  20. to go briskly or fast, as a horse.

  21. to come easily and naturally, as if by a step of the foot:

    to step into a fortune.

  22. to put the foot down; tread:

    Don't step on the grass.

  23. to press with the foot, as on a lever or spring, in order to operate some mechanism.

  24. (v.t.)to take (a step, pace, stride, etc.).

  25. to go through or perform the steps of (a dance).

  26. to move or set (the foot) in taking a step.

    Category: Music and Dance

  27. to measure (a distance, ground, etc.) by steps (sometimes fol. by off or out).

  28. to make or arrange in the manner of a series of steps.

  29. to fix (a mast) in its step.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  30. step down, to lower or decrease by degrees. to relinquish one's authority or control; resign.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  31. step in,to become involved; intervene.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  32. step out, to leave a place, esp. for a short time. to walk or march at a more rapid pace. to go out socially.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  33. step up, to raise or increase by degrees. to be promoted; advance. to make progress; improve.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for step:

  1. break step,to cease or interrupt marching in step.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in (or out of ) step, in (or not in) time to a rhythm or beat, as while marching in unison. in (or not in) harmony or agreement with others.

    Category: Idiom

  3. keep step,to stay in step; keep pace.

    Category: Idiom

  4. step by step, gradually; by stages.

    Category: Idiom

  5. step on it or on the gas,Informal. to move more quickly; hurry.

    Category: Idiom

  6. take steps,to employ necessary procedures.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of step:

bef. 900; (v.) OE steppan, c. OHG stepfen; (n.) ME; OE stepe


  1. a prefix used in kinship terms denoting members of a family related by the remarriage of a parent and not by blood:


    Category: Affix

Origin of step-:

OE stēop-, c. OHG stiof-, ON stjūp-

Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, step(noun)

    any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

    "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"

  2. footstep, pace, step, stride(noun)

    the distance covered by a step

    "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"

  3. step(noun)

    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

    "he walked with unsteady steps"

  4. step, stair(noun)

    support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

    "he paused on the bottom step"

  5. gradation, step(noun)

    relative position in a graded series

    "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"

  6. step, stone's throw(noun)

    a short distance

    "it's only a step to the drugstore"

  7. footfall, footstep, step(noun)

    the sound of a step of someone walking

    "he heard footsteps on the porch"

  8. tone, whole tone, step, whole step(noun)

    a musical interval of two semitones

  9. footprint, footmark, step(noun)

    a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

    "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"

  10. step(noun)

    a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

  11. dance step, step(verb)

    a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

    "he taught them the waltz step"

  12. step(verb)

    shift or move by taking a step

    "step back"

  13. step, tread(verb)

    put down or press the foot, place the foot

    "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"

  14. step(verb)

    cause (a computer) to execute a single command

  15. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat(verb)

    treat badly

    "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

  16. step(verb)

    furnish with steps

    "The architect wants to step the terrace"

  17. step(verb)

    move with one's feet in a specific manner

    "step lively"

  18. step(verb)

    walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

    "step over to the blackboard"

  19. step(verb)

    place (a ship's mast) in its step

  20. pace, step(verb)

    measure (distances) by pacing

    "step off ten yards"

  21. step(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. step(noun)ɛp

    a single movement of the foot when you walk

    She took a step toward the door.

  2. stepɛp

    an action designed to achieve sth

    Steps have been taken to improve security.

  3. stepɛp

    a stage in a process

    What was step 5 again?; It's important to approach this challenge one step at a time.

  4. stepɛp

    one of the flat parts of a staircase that you put your foot on; = stair

    two hundred steps to the top of the tower

  5. stepɛp

    a set of steps

    the first flight of steps

  6. stepɛp

    to agree or progress at the same speed, or not to agree or progress at the same speed

    a government that is out of step with the public

  7. step(verb)ɛp

    to move each of your feet in turn as you walk

    They stepped over the broken glass.; Be careful not to step in the mud.; She stepped backward and fell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Step(adj)

    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

  2. Step(adj)

    to walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors

  3. Step(adj)

    to walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely

  4. Step(adj)

    fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination

  5. Step(verb)

    to set, as the foot

  6. Step(verb)

    to fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect

  7. Step(verb)

    an advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace

  8. Step(verb)

    a rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a ladder

  9. Step(verb)

    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

  10. Step(verb)

    a small space or distance; as, it is but a step

  11. Step(verb)

    a print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track

  12. Step(verb)

    gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step

  13. Step(verb)

    proceeding; measure; action; an act

  14. Step(verb)

    walk; passage

  15. Step(verb)

    a portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position

  16. Step(verb)

    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

  17. Step(verb)

    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

  18. Step(verb)

    a bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves

  19. Step(verb)

    the intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale

  20. Step(verb)

    a change of position effected by a motion of translation


  1. STEP

    The Satellite Test of the Equivalence Principle is a proposed space science experiment to test the equivalence principle of general relativity. The experiment is thought to be sensitive enough to test Einstein's theory of gravity and other theories. The basic configuration is that of a drag-free satellite where an outer shell around an inner test mass is used to block solar wind, atmospheric drag, the Earth's magnetic field and other effects which might disturb the motion of a freely-falling inner object.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1450

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1687

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Nouns Frequency: #302

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Verbs Frequency: #357

Anagrams of step

  1. pets

  2. sept, Sept.

  3. pest

  4. Sept

  5. Sept.

Translations for step

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one movement of the foot in walking, running, dancing etc

He took a step forward; walking with hurried steps.

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