step-up

Definitions

  • Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up
    Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n step-up the act of increasing something "he gave me an increase in salary"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees
Gardner running up to see Albert and apples all over the steps Gardner running up to see Albert and apples all over the steps

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A United Parcel Service delivery person typically makes up to 300 pickups or deliveries a day. That compares to someone doing 600 sets of step aerobics a day.
    • a Step-up (Elec) Transforming or converting a low-voltage current into one of high voltage; as, a step-up transformer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n step-up In electricity, a transformer or other device for increasing the voltage in an electric circuit.
    • step-up Serving to convert a current of lower voltage into one of higher voltage: said specifically of transformers and allied devices.
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Quotations

  • 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.”
  • Ben Stein
    Ben%20Stein
    “There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.”
  • Paul J. Meyer
    Paul J. Meyer
    “Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.”

Idioms

Step up a gear - If you step up a gear, you perform noticeably better, especially in sport.
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Step up to the plate - If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.
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Usage

In literature:

He plunged up the staircase, and stepping across the body of Michael as it lay on the landing, raced up the second flight of stairs.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
When she had gone once up and down "her" avenue, she could not move another step and asked to sit down on "her" seat.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
When Clare stood up, he was stepping softly up behind Johnstone.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
Step up, girls, and take your books.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Old Quimber caught Octavius by the arm to detain him a moment before he himself retraced his steps up street.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
At the pier he turned the boat, and backed her up to the landing steps.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
It was that tall, thin friar who is going up the steps.
"Romola" by George Eliot
Nooning is over, and there are hurrying steps up the wide alleyway.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
You're the prettiest creatur' that ever stepped, but I wouldn't give up Sue for the Queen of England.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
He climbed quickly up the ladder and stepped out on the deck, gazing about him eagerly.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
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In poetry:

When Rose the Red and White Lilly
Saw their twa loves were gane,
Then stopped ha they their loud, loud sang,
And tane up the still moarnin;
And their step-mother stood listnin by,
To hear the ladies' mean.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
He weareth a dim and a shadowy form,
Like the varying clouds of a summer storm
With beauty like theirs;
And he speedeth o'er city and sea and land,
With a still soft step and a gentle hand,
Drying up tears.
"Academe" by Edwin Arnold
The sun was low in the eastern skies
When spoke the confident youth;
Sweet Psyche, all day, his hands and eyes
Wiled from the clay uncouth,
Nor ceased when the shadows came up like spies
That dog the steps of Truth.
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald
The grass, the very wilderness
On either side, breathed rapture of
Her passage: 'twas her hand or dress
That touched some tree--a slight caress--
That made the wood-birds sing above;
Her step that made the flowers up-press.
"Meeting In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
One mounts up to beauty, serenely singing,
Forgetful of the steps that cry behind him;
One drifts slowly down from a waking dream.
One, foreseeing, lingers forever unmoving . . .
Upward and downward, past him there, we stream.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 08:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
Yet often I could fancy, where the pathway takes a turn,
I shall see you in a moment, coming round beside the burn,
Coming round beside the burn, with your swinging step and free,
And your face lit up with pleasure at the sudden sight of me.
"Come Back to St Andrews" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

Guests stepped up to the exhibits hoping that they would witness the animals doing something.
Iran Stepping Up Production of High-Grade Uranium.
PETMAN Steps Up For Humanoid Robot Challenge.
Backups Hendricks, Garrett step up in backfield for come-from-behind victory.
Reserves are stepping up and making an impact already for TCU.
Dragan agreed to step up his efforts to help, and work with the health department to find a solution.
Steps Up Pressure to Oust Assad.
HHS Steps Up Efforts to Curb Health Insurance Premium Hikes.
Avid Studio is a welcomed step up for advanced video editing enthusiasts chafing at the limitations of consumer tools.
If he's going to be on the floor in the NBA, he's got to be able to step up and get after it.
Renner wins Sony Step Up gold.
Ronnie Renner wins gold in Moto X Step Up.
A Concordia College chef steps up to save the Continental Region's honor.
Midtown Memphis' new Mexican spot Frida's must step up its game.
Ric Fogel For ESPN.comDemetrious Johnson steps up in a big way when he faces Miguel Torres at UFC 130.
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In science:

For l ≤ j ≤ Ln we can step to the right till we reach (Ln , −(n + 1)) and then step up to (Ln , −n).
Degenerate random environments
The first step up will be at a point (j ′ , −(n + 1)) with Ln ≤ j ′ ≤ Un , so by induction the point (j ′ , −n) we reach will lie in Bo .
Degenerate random environments
However, there is not a fixed number of theory formation steps set up for this process, since this varies depending on the domain, i.e. some domains need more theory formation steps than others.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
The second builds up the matrix in a step-by-step way.
A Short Course on One-Dimensional Random Schr\"odinger Operators
The recurrence (3) holds since a path ending at (m, n) can be obtained from either a path ending at (m − 1, n) followed by a unit right (→) step (1, 0) or a path ending at (m, n − 1) followed by a unit up (↑) step (0, 1).
Redundant generating functions in lattice path enumeration
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