Definition of "step" []

  • The single complete movement of raising one foot and putting it down in another spot, as in walking. (noun)
  • A manner of walking; a particular gait. (noun)
  • A fixed rhythm or pace, as in marching: keep step. (noun)
  • The sound of a footstep. (noun)
  • A footprint: steps in the mud. (noun)
  • The act of motion brought about by raising the foot and setting it down again in coordination with the transference of the weight of the body (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The distance or space covered by such a motion (noun)
  • The sound made by such a movement (noun)
  • The impression made by such movement of the foot; footprint (noun)
  • The manner of walking or moving the feet; gait (noun)
  • A sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance or part of a dance (noun)
  • Any of several paces or rhythmic movements in marching, dancing, etc (noun)
  • A course followed by a person in walking or as walking (noun)
  • One of a sequence of separate consecutive stages in the progression towards some goal (noun)
  • A rank or grade in a series or scale (noun)
  • An object or device that offers support for the foot when ascending or descending (noun)
  • A flight of stairs, esp out of doors (noun)
  • A very short easily walked distance (noun)
  • A melodic interval of a second (noun)
  • An offset or change in the level of a surface similar to the step of a stair (noun)
  • A strong block or frame bolted onto the keel of a vessel and fitted to receive the base of a mast (noun)
  • A ledge cut in mining or quarrying excavations (noun)
  • To move by raising the foot and then setting it down in a different position, transferring the weight of the body to this foot and repeating the process with the other foot (verb)
  • To move or go on foot, esp for a short distance (verb)
  • To move, often in an attractive graceful manner, as in dancing (verb)
  • To place or press the foot; tread (verb)
  • To enter (into a situation) apparently with ease (verb)
  • To walk or take (a number of paces, etc) (verb)
  • To perform the steps of (verb)
  • To set or place (the foot) (verb)
  • To measure (some distance of ground) by stepping (verb)
  • To arrange in or supply with a series of steps so as to avoid coincidence or symmetry (verb)
  • To raise (a mast) and fit it into its step (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "step" in a sentence
  • "In Europe, generations and centuries prepared the way for this novelty; medieval philosophy and theocratic organization had been transformed step by step…."
  • "_Following meant keeping in step with God, never missing step_."
  • "Alice knew his step, she knew _his horse's step_ too well; she had raised herself up and stretched out both arms towards him before he entered."