What does step mean?

Definitions for stepstɛp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word step.

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"

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

  21. Origin: [AS. staeppan; akin to OFries. steppa, D. stappen to step, stap a step, OHG. stepfen to step, G. stapfe a footstep, OHG. stapfo, G. stufe a step to step on; cf. Gr. to shake about, handle roughly, stamp (?). Cf. Stamp, n. & a.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Step

    step, n. a pace: the distance crossed by the foot in walking or running: a small space: degree: one remove in ascending or descending a stair: round of a ladder: footprint: manner of walking: proceeding: action: the support on which the lower end of a mast, or staff, or a wheel rests: (pl.) walk, direction taken in walking: a self-supporting ladder with flat steps.—v.i. to advance or retire by pacing: to walk: to walk slowly or gravely: to walk a short distance: to move mentally.—v.t. to set, as a foot: to fix, as a mast:—pr.p. step′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. stepped.—ns. Step′per, one who steps; Step′ping-stone, a stone for stepping on to raise the feet above the water or mud; Step′stone, a door-step.—Step aside, to walk to a little distance, as from company: to err; Step in, or into, to enter easily or unexpectedly; Step out, to go out a little way: to increase the length of the step and so the speed; Step short, to shorten the length of one's step. [A.S. stæpestapan, to go; Dut. stap, Ger. stapfe.]

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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 for step »

  1. pets

  2. sept, Sept.

  3. pest

  4. Sept

  5. Sept.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of step in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of step in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    You gotta step up, man.

  2. Rolf Skar:

    It's a good step forward.

  3. Lukas Wartman:

    This is a great first step.

  4. Professor Arnold:

    It takes it a step further.

  5. Ray Saulnier:

    It’s a step back in time.

Images & Illustrations of step

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Translations for step

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قيافة, خطوة, مشيةArabic
  • аҙым, эҙ, баҫҡыс, йөрөшBashkir
  • pas, petjada, esglaóCatalan, Valencian
  • schod, kráčet, příčka, krok, pokládatCzech
  • fodspor, gang, trin, trinbræt, trit, skridtDanish
  • schreiten, Schritt, Stufe, Sprosse, tretenGerman
  • ŝtupoEsperanto
  • escalón, paso, peldañoSpanish
  • astinlauta, kannatinlaakeri, askelma, astella, tikkaat, toimenpide, astua, jalanjälki, askel, kukonaskel, jalusta, nostaa, siirtyäFinnish
  • faire un pas, pas, marche, marcherFrench
  • thoir, ceumnaich, staidhreScottish Gaelic
  • kesmad, tesmad, greeish, caskeimManx
  • पदHindi
  • lépdel, lép, lépésHungarian
  • քայլել, քայլ, աստիճանArmenian
  • langkah kaki, berjalanIndonesian
  • passo, scalinoItalian
  • 踏み台, 段, 行程, 立てる, 歩く, ステップ, 踏み出す, 足並み, 度, ひとまたぎ, 足音, 歩き方, 足取り, 段階, 踏む, 足跡, 檣座, 歩, 歩む, 道のり, 踏み入れるJapanese
  • passusLatin
  • pakāpiens, soļot, solisLatvian
  • whetokoMāori
  • stappen, stap, gaanDutch
  • skritt, stegNorwegian
  • pasOccitan
  • stopień, chód, zrobić krok, krokPolish
  • [[dar]] [[um]] [[passo]], degrau, dar um pulo, etapa, porte, pegada, passo, andaduraPortuguese
  • passRomansh
  • păși, pas, treaptăRomanian
  • шагнуть, поступь, след, шаг, ступить, ступень, ступенька, идти, шагать, подножка, ступать, походкаRussian
  • पदSanskrit
  • passuSardinian
  • sled, korak, stopiti, hoja, korakati, stopinjaSlovene
  • fotsteg, fotspår, gångstil, framsteg, steg, gångSwedish
  • hatuaSwahili
  • adımTurkish
  • щабель, хода, крок, сходинкаUkrainian

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