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.
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.
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:
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
[also: stepping, stepped]