any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
"the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
footstep, pace, step, stride(noun)
the distance covered by a step
"he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
"he walked with unsteady steps"
support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
"he paused on the bottom step"
relative position in a graded series
"always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"
step, stone's throw(noun)
a short distance
"it's only a step to the drugstore"
footfall, footstep, step(noun)
the sound of a step of someone walking
"he heard footsteps on the porch"
tone, whole tone, step, whole step(noun)
a musical interval of two semitones
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"
a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
dance step, step(verb)
a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
"he taught them the waltz step"
shift or move by taking a step
put down or press the foot, place the foot
"For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"
cause (a computer) to execute a single command
mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat(verb)
"This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
furnish with steps
"The architect wants to step the terrace"
move with one's feet in a specific manner
walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
"step over to the blackboard"
place (a ship's mast) in its step
measure (distances) by pacing
"step off ten yards"
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"
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
fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination
to set, as the foot
to fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect
an advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace
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
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
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
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
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
a bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves
the intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale
a change of position effected by a motion of translation
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.]
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. stæpe—stapan, to go; Dut. stap, Ger. stapfe.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1450
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1687
Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Nouns Frequency: #302
Rank popularity for the word 'step' in Verbs Frequency: #357
The numerical value of step in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of step in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- pakāpiens, soļot, solisLatvian
- stappen, stap, gaanDutch
- skritt, stegNorwegian
- stopień, chód, zrobić krok, krokPolish
- [[dar]] [[um]] [[passo]], degrau, dar um pulo, etapa, porte, pegada, passo, andaduraPortuguese
- păși, pas, treaptăRomanian
- шагнуть, поступь, след, шаг, ступить, ступень, ступенька, идти, шагать, подножка, ступать, походкаRussian
- sled, korak, stopiti, hoja, korakati, stopinjaSlovene
- fotsteg, fotspår, gångstil, framsteg, steg, gångSwedish
- щабель, хода, крок, сходинкаUkrainian
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