• WordNet 3.6
    • n step-down the act of decreasing or reducing something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Step-down (Elec) Transforming or converting a current of high potential or voltage into one of low voltage; as, a step-down transformer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n step-down In electricity, a transformer or other device for lowering the potential in an electric circuit.
    • step-down Serving to convert a current of higher voltage into one of lower voltage: said specifically of transformers and allied devices.
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  • Lee Iacocca
    “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”
  • Marsha Sinetar
    Marsha Sinetar
    “Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”
  • Fitzhugh Dodson
    Fitzhugh Dodson
    “First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.”
  • Ayn Rand
    “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”


In literature:

Pani retraced her steps and going farther down crossed and came up on the other side, calling as she went.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Come, mother Coblenz, let's step down on high society's corns.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
To ease the strain of his self-consciousness Edwin stepped down from the stone floor of the porch to the garden.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
He heard the shot, rushed down the steps and saw the body.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
I took the candle from Burke, and went down the steps.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Maybe you wouldn't mind stepping down the street and speaking to him?
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
When the door was lifted up, a flight of steps was seen leading down under ground.
"Rollo on the Rhine" by Jacob Abbott
They leaped down the steps, and Tom beckoned the girls eagerly to join him at the window.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
They sauntered slowly along the pier, until they came to a place where some steps led down to the water.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
Mr. George took this valise up and stepped down upon the platform.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
Then stepping down he plunges into the depths of storm on his way back to Barlow.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
She jumped out to greet them and they ran down the steps to crowd about her.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
They stepped down, and went to a corner.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Pale, her eyes flashing with indignation, she stepped down into the street, standing near Harlan.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
If he jig-stepped down the main street some neighbor was likely to see him and make remarks.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
As Patty stepped out of her room into the hall the next morning, at eight o'clock, she found Hal Ferris already tiptoeing down the stairs.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
He came swinging down his steps this bright June morning humming a tune in his deep melodious voice.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Marilla stepped down to pick it up and fell on the sidewalk.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Then suddenly she caught the sound of hurried steps and the woman coming down again.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Clattering down the steps, the pair raced across the smooth sand.
"Dan Carter and the River Camp" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

I climbed the steps with footsteps fleet,
And then beheld him near the wall,
Though tottering, still upon his feet,
And creeping toward me down the hall.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
Splashing down moss-tarnished steps
It falls, the water;
And the air is throbbing with it.
With its gurgling and running.
With its leaping, and deep, cool murmur.
"In A Garden" by Amy Lowell
She steps to the edge of the pool
And the water runs, rustling, down her sides.
She stretches out her arms,
And the fountain streams behind her
Like an opened veil.
"Clear, With Light, Variable Winds" by Amy Lowell
I will lay me down to sleep,
Sweetly take my rest in thee,
Ev'ry moment brought a step
Nearer to eternity:
I shall soon from earth ascend,
Quickly reach my journey's end.
"God of Love" by Augustus Montague Toplady
The sky and sea glared hard and bright and blank:
Down the one steep street, with slow steps firm and free,
A tall girl paced, with eyes too proud to thank
The sky and sea.
"Three Faces" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The beauty of the scenery cannot sweeten
my bitter memories.
In the courtyard, moss spreads over the steps
despite the autumn wind.
My bed curtains hang down for days,
Since no one comes.
"The Past" by Li Yu

In news:

Health officer to step down.
After five years on the job, Howard County's top health official is stepping down.
Health officer to step down.
Johnson steps down to build a TV, print and digital consultancy after a year and half in the role.
LONDON – The director of UK satcaster BSkyB's female-targeted Living channel Jane Johnson is stepping down.
Despite the frenzy of expectation that President Mubarak would be stepping down, he announced he is not.
He succeeds William Hyland, the editor since 1983, who announced in February that he would step down in the fall.
Temasek Holdings' President Steps Down.
Reports of assaults on women in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, have been on the rise.
State CIO Swart stepping down for IMF post.
The longtime director of Swing Shift steps down.
Syrén has been the permanent chairman of the EUMC since 2009 and will step down next month.
Urban Meyer will step down as Florida's head coach after leading the Gators to 2 national championships in three seasons.
Gary Cox Steps Down at THD .
President Obama announced Jan 9 that Chief of Staff William Daley will step down.

In science:

We would like to consider the even down steps starting on or below the x-axis.
Generalized Chung-Feller Theorems for Lattice Paths (Thesis)
Otherwise it would have to be in the middle of a down step, but then the path ends at height h ≥ l so it would have to return later to this height.
Generalized Chung-Feller Theorems for Lattice Paths (Thesis)
If we remove the last down step from one of these prime paths we get a path in P (n, r, r, +) that stay strictly above the x-axis.
Generalized Chung-Feller Theorems for Lattice Paths (Thesis)
An argument based on the proof of Proposition 3.4 breaks down at the last step.
A Jordan-Hoelder Theorem for Differential Algebraic Groups
But note also that there may be some steps between time interval τk by the walk reaching or crossing k − 1 down ward from above.
Branching structure for an (L-1) random walk in random environment and its applications
As a result, the effective sample size for the generic particle filter drops down to 1 sample after about 50 steps.
A drift homotopy Monte Carlo approach to particle filtering for multi-target tracking
As a result, the effective sample size for the generic particle filter drops down to 1 sample after about 60 steps.
A drift homotopy Monte Carlo approach to particle filtering for multi-target tracking
To each admissible sequence {si} of length n + 1 we associate the Motzkin path of length n presenting up, down or horizontal steps depending on si < si+1 , si > si+1 , si = si+1 .
The fine structure of 321 avoiding involutions
How to associate an involution πn of length n to a labelled Motzkin path (M , λ), where M denotes a Motzkin path of length n and λ denotes a labelling of its down steps, it is discussed thoroughly in , Section 3, pg.3.
The fine structure of 321 avoiding involutions
Taking advantage of this refined analysis, we propose a simple extra preprocessing step that reduces the average retrieval cost per point of BP (q , r(1 + ε)) down to nα for some constant α ≤ ε < ε, thereby making the previous trade-off no longer necessary.
Reverse Nearest Neighbors Search in High Dimensions using Locality-Sensitive Hashing
Before the last step occurs, the walk must jump down from i, possibly to i − 1 or i − 2.
Intrinsic branching structure within random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$
For complete graphs it was proven that even if up to n/3 links chosen by an adversary break down, randomized broadcast still requires only O(log n) steps.
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading: An Experimental Analysis
The walker starts at the root r and goes down greedily (i.e., an unvisited edge is traversed in every new step), until reaching a leaf.
Greedy Random Walk
Next, w takes all of its steps, then finally p takes its remaining steps where it reads “down”.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
We will first provide estimates on the number of down steps of a fixed path u ∈ {0, 1}n .
Random laminations and multitype branching processes