step

Definition (noun): any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

Example: the situation called for strong measures

Definition (noun): any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

Example: the police took steps to reduce crime

Definition (noun): the distance covered by a step

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

Definition (noun): the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

Example: he walked with unsteady steps

Definition (noun): support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

Example: he paused on the bottom step

Definition (noun): relative position in a graded series

Example: always a step behind

Definition (noun): relative position in a graded series

Example: subtle gradations in color

Definition (noun): relative position in a graded series

Example: keep in step with the fashions

Definition (noun): a short distance

Example: it’s only a step to the drugstore

Definition (noun): the sound of a step of someone walking

Example: he heard footsteps on the porch

Definition (noun): a musical interval of two semitones

Definition (noun): a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

Example: the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window

Definition (noun): a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship’s mast or capstan is fixed

Definition (noun): a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

Example: he taught them the waltz step

Definition (verb): shift or move by taking a step

Example: step back

Definition (verb): put down or press the foot, place the foot

Example: For fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Definition (verb): put down or press the foot, place the foot

Example: step on the brake

Definition (verb): cause (a computer) to execute a single command

Definition (verb): treat badly

Example: This boss abuses his workers

Definition (verb): treat badly

Example: She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Definition (verb): furnish with steps

Example: The architect wants to step the terrace

Definition (verb): move with one’s feet in a specific manner

Example: step lively

Definition (verb): walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

Example: step over to the blackboard

Definition (verb): place (a ship’s mast) in its step

Definition (verb): measure (distances) by pacing

Example: step off ten yards

Definition (verb): move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

Example: She stepped into a life of luxury

Definition (verb): move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

Example: he won’t step into his father’s footsteps