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Meaning of STEP

Pronunciation:  step

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
  2. [n]  the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"
  3. [n]  a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; "he taught them the waltz step"
  4. [n]  support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step"
  5. [n]  a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; a clue that someone was present; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
  6. [n]  a musical interval of two semitones
  7. [n]  the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps on the porch"
  8. [n]  the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
  9. [n]  a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore"
  10. [n]  relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"
  11. [v]  take a step
  12. [v]  put down the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"

STEP is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dance step, footfall, footmark, footprint, footstep, footstep, gradation, measure, pace, stair, stone's throw, stride, tone, tread, whole step, whole tone
 See Also: backpedal, chasse, clew, clue, corbel step, corbiestep, corbie-step, countermeasure, crow step, cue, cut, footstep, glissade, go, goose step, hoofing, indefinite quantity, interval, locomote, locomotion, maneuver, manoeuvre, mark, moonwalk, move, musical interval, pace, pas, porcupine provision, precaution, rank, riser, safeguard, sashay, shark repellent, sidestep, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, sound, staircase, stairs, stairway, step dancing, step on, step out, steps, stride, support, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, tramp, travel, travel, tread, tread, tread on, trip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Step\, n. (Fives)
    At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court
    into an inner and an outer portion.
  2. \Step\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stepped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Stepping}.] [AS. st[ae]ppan; akin to OFries. steppa, D.
    stappen to step, stap a step, OHG. stepfen to step, G. stapfe
    a footstep, OHG. stapfo, G. stufe a step to step on; cf. Gr.
    ? to shake about, handle roughly, stamp (?). Cf. {Stamp}, n.
    & a.]
    1. 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. To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance;
       as, to step to one of the neighbors.
    3. To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
             Home the swain retreats, His flock before him
             stepping to the fold.                 --Thomson.
    4. Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination.
             They are stepping almost three thousand years back
             into the remotest antiquity.          --Pope.
    {To step aside}, to walk a little distance from the rest; to
       retire from company.
    {To step forth}, to move or come forth.
    {To step} {in or into}.
       (a) To walk or advance into a place or state, or to
           advance suddenly in.
                 Whosoever then first, after the troubling of the
                 water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever
                 disease he had.                   --John v. 4.
       (b) To enter for a short time; as, I just stepped into the
       (c) To obtain possession without trouble; to enter upon
           easily or suddenly; as, to step into an estate.
    {To step out}.
       (a) (Mil.) To increase the length, but not the rapidity,
           of the step, extending it to thirty-tree inches.
       (b) To go out for a short distance or a short time.
    {To step short} (Mil.), to diminish the length or rapidity of
       the step according to the established rules.
  3. \Step\, v. t.
    1. To set, as the foot.
    2. (Naut.) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
    {To step off}, to measure by steps, or paces; hence, to
       divide, as a space, or to form a series of marks, by
       successive measurements, as with dividers.
  4. \Step\, n. [AS. st[ae]pe. See {Step}, v. i.]
    1. An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a
    2. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in
       ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a
             The breadth of every single step or stair should be
             never less than one foot.             --Sir H.
    3. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in
       walking or running; as, one step is generally about three
       feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of
       any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by
             To derive two or three general principles of motion
             from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the
             properties and actions of all corporeal things
             follow from those manifest principles, would be a
             very great step in philosophy.        --Sir I.
    4. A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.
    5. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
    6. Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is
       often known by his step.
    7. Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
             The reputation of a man depends on the first steps
             he makes in the world.                --Pope.
             Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, Live
             till to-morrow, will have passed away. --Cowper.
             I have lately taken steps . . . to relieve the old
             gentleman's distresses.               --G. W. Cable.
    8. pl. Walk; passage.
             Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree. --Dryden.
    9. pl. A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in
       reaching to a high position.
    10. (Naut.) In general, 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.
    11. (Mach.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle
            or a vertical shaft revolves.
    12. (Mus.) The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the
    Note: The word tone is often used as the name of this
          interval; but there is evident incongruity in using
          tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the
          word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder,
          the intervals may well be called steps.
    13. (Kinematics) A change of position effected by a motion of
        translation. --W. K. Clifford.
    {Back step}, {Half step}, etc. See under {Back}, {Half}, etc.
    {Step grate}, a form of grate for holding fuel, in which the
       bars rise above one another in the manner of steps.
    {To take steps}, to take action; to move in a matter.
  5. \Step-\ [AS. ste['o]p-; akin to OFries. stiap-, stiep-, D.
    & G. stief-, OHG. stiuf-, Icel. stj?p-, Sw. styf-, and to AS.
    [=a]st[=e]pan, [=a]ste['o]pan, to deprive, bereave, as
    children of their parents, OHG. stiufen.]
    A prefix used before father, mother, brother, sister, son,
    daughter, child, etc., to indicate that the person thus
    spoken of is not a blood relative, but is a relative by the
    marriage of a parent; as, a stepmother to X is the wife of
    the father of X, married by him after the death of the mother
    of X. See {Stepchild}, {Stepdaughter}, {Stepson}, etc.
Computing Dictionary

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing steps in your dream, represents your efforts in achieving your goals, ambition and material gains. The dream may be telling you to take things one thing at a time. Or that you need to take a chance and take that first step toward your goals/dreams.