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Definition 1: the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down - [noun denoting act]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he walked with unsteady steps

(step is a kind of ...) self-propelled movement

(... is a kind of step ) a step in walking or running

(... is a kind of step ) (ballet) a step in dancing (especially in classical ballet)

(... is a kind of step ) a light or nimble tread

"he heard the trip of women's feet overhead"

(... is a kind of step ) a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)

(... is a kind of step ) the act of taking a step in walking

Definition 2: any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal - [noun denoting act]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the situation called for strong measures
  • the police took steps to reduce crime

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) a move made to gain a tactical end

(... is a kind of step ) an action taken to offset another action

(... is a kind of step ) a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts

(... is a kind of step ) a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.

"he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution" "an insurance policy is a good safeguard" "we let our guard down"

Definition 3: a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he taught them the waltz step

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) self-propelled movement

(... is a kind of step ) a kind of dance step in which the dancer seems to be sliding on the spot

"Michael Jackson perfected the moonwalk in the 1980s"

(... is a kind of step ) (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading

(... is a kind of step ) (ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet

(... is part of step) dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures

Definition 4: support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he paused on the bottom step

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of step ) (architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall

(step is a part of ...) structural member consisting of the vertical part of a stair or step

(step is a part of ...) structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step

(... is part of step) a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps

Definition 5: a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed - [noun denoting artifact]

(step is a kind of ...) a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

"the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"

Definition 6: a musical interval of two semitones - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) the difference in pitch between two notes

Definition 7: a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) a visible indication made on a surface

"some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks" "paw prints were everywhere"

(... is a kind of step ) evidence in the form of footprints

"there was footprint evidence that he had been at the scene of the crime"

Definition 8: the sound of a step of someone walking - [noun denoting event]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he heard footsteps on the porch

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

(... is a kind of step ) a heavy footfall

"the tramp of military boots"

Definition 9: the distance covered by a step - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) an estimated quantity

Definition 10: a short distance - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it's only a step to the drugstore

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

Definition 11: relative position in a graded series - [noun denoting state]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • always a step behind
  • subtle gradations in color
  • keep in step with the fashions

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) relative status

"his salary was determined by his rank and seniority"

(... is a kind of step ) a step on some scale

"he is a cut above the rest"

Definition 12: measure (distances) by pacing - [verb of change]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • step off ten yards

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) express as a number or measure or quantity

"Can you quantify your results?"

Definition 13: move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation - [verb of change]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She stepped into a life of luxury
  • he won't step into his father's footsteps

(step is a kind of ...) go or proceed from one point to another

"the debate moved from family values to the economy"

Definition 14: place (a ship's mast) in its step - [verb of contact]

(step is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Definition 15: shift or move by taking a step - [verb of motion]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • step back

(step is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of step ) step backwards, in boxing

Definition 16: put down or press the foot, place the foot - [verb of motion]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • For fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  • step on the brake

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of step ) place or press the foot on

"He stepped on the hem of her long gown"

Definition 17: walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner - [verb of motion]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • step over to the blackboard

(step is a kind of ...) use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

"Walk, don't run!" "We walked instead of driving" "She walks with a slight limp" "The patient cannot walk yet" "Walk over to the cabinet"

Definition 18: move with one's feet in a specific manner - [verb of motion]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • step lively

(step is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 19: furnish with steps - [verb of possession]

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The architect wants to step the terrace

(step is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

(step belongs to category ...) the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect

Samples where step or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This boss abuses his workers
  • She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Synonyms for step in the sense of this definition

(step is a kind of ...) interact in a certain way

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

(... is a kind of step ) treat badly; abuse

"They won't have me to kick around any more!"

(step is a kind of ...) carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

"Run the dishwasher" "run a new program on the Mac" "the computer executed the instruction"

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