Definition of Step

1. Noun. Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal. "The police took steps to reduce crime"

2. Verb. Shift or move by taking a step. "Step back"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Backpedal
Also: Step Out

3. Noun. The distance covered by a step. "He stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
Exact synonyms: Footstep, Pace, Stride
Generic synonyms: Indefinite Quantity
Derivative terms: Pace, Pace, Pace, Stride, Stride

4. Verb. Put down or press the foot, place the foot. "Step on the brake"
Exact synonyms: Tread
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Step On, Tread On
Derivative terms: Tread

5. Noun. The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down. "He walked with unsteady steps"
Generic synonyms: Locomotion, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Pace, Stride, Tread, Pas, Trip, Sidestep, Footstep

6. Verb. Cause (a computer) to execute a single command.
Generic synonyms: Execute, Run

7. Noun. Support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway. "He paused on the bottom step"
Exact synonyms: Stair
Specialized synonyms: Corbel Step, Corbie-step, Corbiestep, Crow Step
Terms within: Riser, Tread
Group relationships: Staircase, Stairway
Generic synonyms: Support

8. Verb. Treat badly. "They want to step the prisoners "; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
Exact synonyms: Abuse, Ill-treat, Ill-use, Maltreat, Mistreat
Generic synonyms: Do By, Handle, Treat
Specialized synonyms: Kick Around
Derivative terms: Abuse, Abuser, Abusive, Ill-treatment, Ill-usage, Maltreater, Maltreatment, Mistreatment

9. Noun. Relative position in a graded series. "Keep in step with the fashions"
Exact synonyms: Gradation
Specialized synonyms: Cut
Generic synonyms: Rank
Derivative terms: Gradate, Gradational, Grade, Grade

10. Verb. Furnish with steps. "The architect wants to step the terrace"
Category relationships: Architecture
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply

11. Noun. A short distance. "It's only a step to the drugstore"

12. Verb. Move with one's feet in a specific manner. "Step lively"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

13. Noun. The sound of a step of someone walking. "He heard footsteps on the porch"
Exact synonyms: Footfall, Footstep
Generic synonyms: Sound
Specialized synonyms: Tramp

14. Verb. Walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner. "Step over to the blackboard"
Generic synonyms: Walk

15. Noun. A musical interval of two semitones.
Exact synonyms: Tone, Whole Step, Whole Tone
Generic synonyms: Interval, Musical Interval

16. Verb. Place (a ship's mast) in its step.
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

17. 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"
Exact synonyms: Footmark, Footprint
Specialized synonyms: Footprint Evidence
Generic synonyms: Mark, Print

18. Verb. Measure (distances) by pacing. "Step off ten yards"
Exact synonyms: Pace
Generic synonyms: Measure, Quantify
Derivative terms: Pace, Pace, Pace, Pace

19. Noun. A solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed.
Generic synonyms: Block

20. Verb. Move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation. "He won't step into his father's footsteps"
Generic synonyms: Move

21. Noun. A sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance. "He taught them the waltz step"
Exact synonyms: Dance Step
Generic synonyms: Locomotion, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Moonwalk, Chasse, Sashay, Glissade
Group relationships: Hoofing, Step Dancing

Definition of Step

1. v. i. 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. v. t. To set, as the foot.

3. n. An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace.

4. n. At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court into an inner and an outer portion.

Definition of Step

1. Verb. (intransitive) 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. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive figuratively) To move mentally; to go in imagination. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To set, as the foot. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) (nautical) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its '''step'''; to erect. ¹

7. Noun. An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace. ¹

8. Noun. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder. ¹

9. Noun. A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus. ¹

10. Noun. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress. ¹

11. Noun. A small space or distance. ¹

12. Noun. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track. ¹

13. Noun. A gait; manner of walking. ¹

14. Noun. Proceeding; measure; action; act. ¹

15. Noun. ((plural) ) A walk; passage. ¹

16. Noun. ''(plural):'' A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position. ¹

17. Noun. (nautical) 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. ¹

18. Noun. (context: machines) 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 ¹

19. Noun. (context: machines) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves. ¹

20. Noun. (music) The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale. ¹

21. Noun. (context: kinematics) A change of position effected by a motion of translation. - William Kingdon Clifford ¹

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Definition of Step

1. to move by lifting the foot and setting it down in another place [v STEPPED, STEPPING, STEPS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Step

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step-down transformer

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