What is the meaning of step?


  • Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal.
    • usage: "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
  • The distance covered by a step.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "he walked with unsteady steps"
  • Support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway.
    • usage: "he paused on the bottom step"
  • Relative position in a graded series.
    • usage: "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"
  • A short distance.
    • usage: "it's only a step to the drugstore"
  • The sound of a step of someone walking.
    • usage: "he heard footsteps on the porch"
  • A musical interval of two semitones.
  • A mark of a foot or shoe on a surface.
    • usage: "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.
  • A sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance.
    • usage: "he taught them the waltz step"


  • Shift or move by taking a step.
    • usage: "step back"
  • Put down or press the foot, place the foot.
    • usage: "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"
  • Cause (a computer) to execute a single command.
  • Treat badly.
    • usage: "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  • Furnish with steps.
    • usage: "The architect wants to step the terrace"
  • Move with one's feet in a specific manner.
    • usage: "step lively"
  • Walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner.
    • usage: "step over to the blackboard"
  • Place (a ship's mast) in its step.
  • Measure (distances) by pacing.
    • usage: "step off ten yards"
  • Move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation.
    • usage: "She stepped into a life of luxury"; "he won't step into his father's footsteps"
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APAWordNet. (2010). step. Retrieved May 27, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/step/definitions/1189835
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "step" http://smartdefine.org/step/definitions/1189835 (accessed May 27, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "step" 23 October 2010. Web. 27 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/step/definitions/1189835>
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