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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Step v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stepped p. pr. & vb. n. Stepping.]
 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 To step 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 house. (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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stepped a. Provided with a step or steps; having a series of offsets or parts resembling the steps of stairs; as, a stepped key.
 Stepped gear, a cogwheel of which the teeth cross the face in a series of steps.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the
           situation called for strong measures"; "the police took
           steps to reduce crime" [syn: measure]
      2: the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces
         from the old tree and began to dig" [syn: footstep, pace,
      3: the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting
         it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"
      4: support consisting of a place to rest the foot while
         ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the
         bottom step" [syn: stair]
      5: relative position in a graded series; "always a step
         behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with
         the fashions" [syn: gradation]
      6: a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore" [syn:
         stone's throw]
      7: the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps
         on the porch" [syn: footfall, footstep]
      8: a musical interval of two semitones [syn: tone, whole
         tone, whole step]
      9: a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made
         casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the
         window" [syn: footprint, footmark]
      10: a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a
          ship's mast or capstan is fixed
      11: a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular
          dance; "he taught them the waltz step" [syn: dance step]
      v 1: shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
      2: put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush
         in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake" [syn:
      3: cause (a computer) to execute a single command
      4: treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always
         stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: mistreat, maltreat,
          abuse, ill-use, ill-treat]
      5: furnish with steps; "The architect wants to step the
      6: move with one's feet in a specific manner; "step lively"
      7: walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified
         manner; "step over to the blackboard"
      8: place (a ship's mast) in its step
      9: measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards" [syn: pace]
      10: move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation; "She
          stepped into a life of luxury"; "he won't step into his
          father's footsteps"
      [also: stepping, stepped]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See step