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Step

Step appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Step on no pets!
  • Pets never even step.
  • Top step's pup's pet spot.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun step:

gradationfootprintstridefootsteppacetonemeasurestep

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb step:

mistreatpacetreadabusestep

Step is sometimes a misspelling of steep.

The word step is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun step

What does step mean as a name of something?

Step is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: steps

  1. any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
  2. the distance covered by a step
  3. the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
    • example: he walked with unsteady steps
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement
    • more specific words:
  4. support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
    • example: he paused on the bottom step
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of step: stair
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific terms: corbel step / corbie-step / corbiestep / crow step = a step on the top of a gable wall
    • part of: staircase / stairway = a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
    • parts:
      • riser = structural member consisting of the vertical part of a stair or step
      • tread = structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
  5. relative position in a graded series
    • examples: always a step behind | keep in step with the fashions
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of step: gradation
    • more generic word: rank = relative status
    • more specific word: cut = a step on some scale
  6. a short distance
  7. the sound of a step of someone walking
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of step: footfall / footstep
    • more generic word: sound = the sudden occurrence of an audible event
    • more specific word: tramp = a heavy footfall
  8. a musical interval of two semitones
  9. a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
  10. a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: block = a solid piece of something
  11. a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
    • example: he taught them the waltz step
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of step: dance step
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement
    • more specific words:
      • moonwalk = a kind of dance step in which the dancer seems to be sliding on the spot
      • chasse / sashay = quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
      • glissade = a gliding or sliding step in ballet
    • part of: hoofing / step dancing = dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures

Alternative definition of the noun step

noun

  1. An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
  2. 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.
  3. A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus.
  4. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress.
  5. A small space or distance.
  6. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
  7. A gait; manner of walking.
  8. Proceeding; measure; action; act.
  9. ([plural]) A walk; passage.
  10. (plural): A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
  11. [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.
  12. [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
  13. [context: machines] A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
  14. [music] The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.
  15. [context: kinematics] A change of position effected by a motion of translation. - William Kingdon Clifford

Specialised definition of the noun step

Glossary of sports

qualitative change in the movement or behavior comprising a developmental sequence, often used if the change does not meet the criteria for a “stage”. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

period of time from a designated event on one foot during the support period of locomotion to the same event on the other foot (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

Glossary of sports / athletics

a part of the triple jump (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

the second phase of the triple jump (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / callisthenics

part of the exercises which shape the body; it is differentiated between steps with load on the ball and on the heel of the foot (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / dancing

the fundamental form of each dance (e.g. walking, changing, cross, flight, bouncing, forward, backward, and side step). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / fencing

the leg movement forward and backward to close or open the fencing distance (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb step

What does step mean as a doing word?

Step is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: stepped, stepping

  1. shift or move by taking a step
    • example: step back
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific word: backpedal = step backwards, in boxing
  2. put down or press the foot, place the foot
    • example: step on the brake
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of step: tread
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific terms: tread on / step on = place or press the foot on
  3. cause (a computer) to execute a single command
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: execute / run = carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
  4. treat badly
  5. furnish with steps
  6. move with one's feet in a specific manner
    • example: step lively
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  7. walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
    • example: step over to the blackboard
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
  8. place (a ship's mast) in its step
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  9. measure (distances) by pacing
    • example: step off ten yards
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of step: pace
    • more generic words: measure / quantify = express as a number or measure or quantity
  10. move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation
    • example: he won't step into his father's footsteps
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: move = go or proceed from one point to another

Alternative definition of the verb step

verb

  1. [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.
  2. [intransitive] To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance.
  3. [intransitive] To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
  4. [intransitive, figuratively] To move mentally; to go in imagination.
  5. [transitive] To set, as the foot.
  6. [transitive] [nautical] To fix the foot of (a mast) in its 'step'; to erect.

Phrases with Step

Phrases starting with the word Step:

  1. STEP-
  2. step in
  3. step on
  4. step up
  5. step-in
  6. step-up
  7. step out
  8. Step Back
  9. step down
  10. Step over
  11. Step-Aunt
  12. step-down

Phrases ending with the word Step:

  1. In Step
  2. one-step
  3. two-step
  4. baby step
  5. crow step
  6. fire step
  7. half step
  8. keep step

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Step

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Google previewVaccinology (2014)

An Essential Guide by Gregg N. Milligan, Alan D. T. Barrett

It is important to create a “communication pathway” with a blueprint to different steps to accomplish, as gathering and conveying health information may mitigate crises created through fear. A first communication step is the gathering of scientific ...

Google previewElectrocardiography of Complex Arrhythmias, An Issue of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics, (2014)

by Mohammad Shenasa

The first step is that presence of Q waves in the inferior leads rules out epicardial VT, given the high sensitivity of this...

Google previewPractical Handbook of Warehousing (1997)

by Kenneth B. Ackerman

The first step is the publication and dissemination of a substance abuse policy. The second step is a detailed screening program for all new hires. A third step is the training and retraining of supervisors and managers to recognize and ...

Google previewMinds and Machines (2008)

Connectionism and Psychological Modeling by Michael R. W. Dawson

The first step is the synthesis of a working system from a set of architectural components. The second step is the study of this system at work, looking in particular for emergent properties. The third step is the analysis of these properties, with the ...

Google previewThe Place of Emotion in Argument (2010)

by Douglas Walton

The second step is the thesis that practical reasoning in a "real-world" situation inevitably involves uncertainty, due to the...

- Therefore, the third step is that the advice of some wise, experienced person could be relevant.

Google previewPlausible Argument in Everyday Conversation (1992)

by Douglas N. Walton

The first step is the agent's declaration or identification of a particular intention. The second step is the identification of some available means to carry out that intention. The third step is the conclusion to carry out this action, which is the means.

Google previewProject Management (2007)

by Bjarne Kousholt

Next step is a planning session with group work, which is also concluded with an assessor evaluation. The last part is an interview followed by a final assessor evaluation. Level B Senior Project Manager Self-evaluation, application with CV ...

Google previewEngineering Noise Control (2003)

Theory and Practice, Third Edition by David A. Bies, Colin H. Hansen

The first step is the determination and quantification of the force exciting the structure.

The final step is the calculation of the sound field, and hence the sound power generated by the vibrational response of the structure or machine surface.

Google previewEssential Dramaturgy (2017)

The Mindset and Skillset by Theresa Lang

The next step is the one that most closely resembles the series of tasks that so often stand...

The second step is the gathering and editing of content. Once the...

Google previewRepairs and Utilities (1968)

Ground Maintenance and Land Management

The third step is the use of a soil sterilant at the rates prescribed in paragraph 74 for annual weeds, easily controlled perennial weeds, and for the prevention of new perennial plants from seed. Apply the herbicide evenly to all parts of the areas ...

Google previewThe Rational Imagination (2007)

How People Create Alternatives to Reality by Ruth M J. Byrne

There are three steps to the conclusion that the counterfactual imagination is rational. The first step is that human reasoning is rational. People are capable of rational thought, despite the many mistakes and persistently inaccurate beliefs they ...

Google previewHydroinformatics Tools for Planning, Design, Operation and Rehabilitation of Sewer Systems (2013)

by Jiri Marsalek, Cedo Maksimovic, Evzen Zeman, Roland Price

The first step is an inventory of the drainage infrastructure that can be conveniently performed with the help of...

The fourth and key step is the capital improvement strategy for the Scheduling of capital improvements under budget constraints.

Google previewDesign in the New Millennium (2000)

Advanced Engineering Environments: Phase 2 by National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Committee on Advanced Engineering Environments

The first step is a requirements analysis for a mission or a system strategy for a product.

segment • system • system of systems • mission architecture • policy architecture The second step is the development of a product specification.

Google previewPiaget Vygotsky (2013)

The Social Genesis Of Thought by ANASTASIA TRYPHON, Jacques Vonèche

The first step is an illustration, but not a demonstration, of the overlap between the positions taken by Piaget and Vygotsky. The second step is a rebuttal of the charge that Piaget's account of the social construction of knowledge is radically ...

Google previewElements of Structural Optimization (1991)

by Raphael T. Haftka, Zafer Gürdal

The second step is the calculation of a search direction based on the objective function and the active constraint set. Some methods...

Google previewCricket Behavior and Neurobiology (1989)

by Franz Huber

The first step is the transformation from sound pressure to driving force. When a sound acts on the surface of the primary sound receiver it exerts a net force per unit area. The second step is the transformation from driving force to velocity.

Google previewMulti-problem Violent Youth (2002)

A Foundation for Comparative Research on Needs, Interventions, and Outcomes by Raymond R. Corrado

The first step is an assessment of risk/needs. This evaluation starts with a...

The second step is the calculation of each subscale risk/need scores and a summary score that can be compared to a normative sample of adjudicated adolescents ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

STEP, n. step [Dut. stap, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

coupe A step with the weight on the right foot, with the left drawn up in front in fifth, cutting away the right foot which is raised, or similar executed as a jump. Coupe ...

Google previewA Dictionary in English, Bangálí, and Manipuri (1837)

by C. J. Gordon

-Thingba, Thingkbákna lálba, Yába Step, v.-Pád.blkhyep 1:.-Khogkáp thángba, Khonkáp wálba, Kálba Step in,~Bhitarejáon-Chansillo Step, s.-Pád. bikhyep ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The structural progression of the exercises is usually as follows: The trainer offers an open frame activity that stimulates the participants« wish for expression, and imagination (Step 1). The participants determine the content themselves.

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Quotes about Step

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Scrabble value of S1T1E1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of STEP

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