step NOUN 1) an act of lifting and setting down the foot or alternate feet, as in walking. 2) the distance covered by a step. 3) informal a short and easily walked distance. 4) a flat surface on which to place one's foot when moving from one level to another. 5) a position or grade in a scale or hierarchy. 6) a measure or action taken to deal with or achieve something. 7) (steps or a pair of steps) Brit. a stepladder. 8) a block fixed to a boat's keel to take the base of a mast or other fitting. 9) Music, chiefly US an interval in a scale; a tone (whole step) or semitone (half step).
VERB (stepped, stepping) 1) lift and set down one's foot or alternate feet. 2) set up (a mast) in its step.
in (or out of) step — Cf. ↑out of step
follow in someone's steps — Cf. ↑follow in someone's steps
mind (or watch) one's step — Cf. ↑watch one's step
step down (or aside) — Cf. ↑step down
step forward — Cf. ↑step forward
step in — Cf. ↑step in
step on it — Cf. ↑step on it
step out — Cf. ↑step out
step out of line — Cf. ↑step out of line
step up — Cf. ↑step up
DERIVATIVES stepped adjective stepper noun stepwise adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

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