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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lockstepnoun

    a standard procedure that is followed mindlessly

    "the union's support had been in lockstep for years"

  2. lockstepnoun

    a manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead

    "the prisoner's ankles were so chained together that they could only march in lockstep"


  1. lockstepnoun

    A step whereby the toe of one man is brought very close to the heel of the man in front.

    Etymology: From lock + step.

  2. lockstepnoun

    Close connection, unison, rigid synchronization.

    Etymology: From lock + step.

  3. lockstepnoun

    An inflexible, rigid or stifling pattern.

    Etymology: From lock + step.


  1. Lockstep

    Lockstep systems are redundant computing systems that run the same set of operations at the same time in parallel. The output from lockstep operations can be compared to determine if there has been a fault. Sometimes a timeshift is set between two systems, which increases the detection probability of errors induced by external influences. To run in lockstep, each system is set up to progress from one well-defined state to the next well-defined state. When a new set of inputs reaches the system, it processes them, generates new outputs and updates its state. This set of changes is considered to define that step, and must be treated as an atomic transaction; in other words, either all of it happens, or none of it happens, but not something in between. The term "lockstep" originates in the prison usage, where it refers to the synchronized walking, in which the marchers walk as closely together as physically practical.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lockstep in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lockstep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lockstep in a Sentence

  1. Fred Piccolo:

    We aren't marching lockstep with anybody, we respect Dr. Atlas. But we have no marching orders from The White House.

  2. Geoff Burgan:

    Andrew Gillum is not a subject of This FBI investigation, and Andrew Gillum's committed to rooting out any corruption or wrongdoing in Tallahassee, we're not going to take ethics lectures from Congressman Ron DeSantis, who is marching in lockstep with the most morally, ethically and legally challenged President in American history.

  3. David Keene:

    The conservative movement and the purpose of the conference have never been to look like it's a bunch off people marching in lockstep to anything.

  4. The House campaign aide:

    Come the general, all these races, I think The White House will be very much in lockstep with us.

  5. Boris Johnson:

    On so many of the world's foreign policy challenges the UK and U.S. are in lockstep, the UK, U.S., and European partners are also united in our effort to tackle the kind of Iranian behavior that makes the Middle East region less secure - its cyber activities, its support for groups like Hezbollah, and its dangerous missile program, which is arming Houthi militias in Yemen.

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    a confused multitude of things
    • A. impurity
    • B. contempt
    • C. brasserie
    • D. muddle

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