stepping down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stepping down the act of abdicating
    • n stepping down a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
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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:

Every available space, including the steps down from the opening, was filled with men.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Had she followed him with her eyes and her thoughts down the long flights of steps?
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Pull him down off them steps, boys!
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
She wanted us to learn the steps, right down in her garden this afternoon.
"Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land and other Stories" by Ellis Towne, Sophie May and Ella Farman
As they started up the steps to the Fulton bungalow, Morley came out to the porch and charged down toward them.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
The lemon pergola was a sheltered walk that led down a flight of marble steps to a small fountain.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Down the drive Michael heard steps coming.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Can't you step down nearer the water?
"A Little Maid of Old Maine" by Alice Turner Curtis
Rosie stepped down from her chair, unnoticed.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Coming down the steps from Ciro's were her husband and Felicia Roche.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Menehwehna had stepped down to the canoe to fetch food for it, and by and by returned with a handful of biscuit.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
On his way he passed the casino and, to his surprise, saw Jake coming down the steps.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
It was with a light and swinging step that he ran down the narrow stairs of the hotel.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
He stepped before her and she set down the pail.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He stepped down from his throne, took her hand, and led her to his eight-sided garden.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Mr. Grant stepped down from the platform of the caboose.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
With a grunt he stepped down from his rock, and heedless of his wound, strode over to the girl.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His heart fluttering with excitement, Auguste got down from his horse and took a tentative step forward.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then he slid his foot forward and stepped down the first stair.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He descended the three steps down into the lower cockpit, the weapons station, and stood behind Peretz, looking it over again.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

'Dustman, dustman!'
He beckles down the echoing curb,
A step that neither hopes nor hates
Ever disturb.
"The Dustman" by Bliss William Carman
They was ten steps apart when them two fellers met.
The sun had gone down but it wasn’t dark yet.
Johnny fired four shots before Billy could draw.
Three of ‘em went wild and one shot hit McGraw.
"The Duel" by Bruce Kiskaddon
With madd'ning step I sought the place,
I raised the mantle from her face,
And knelt me down beside, to gaze
On all the mockery death displays,
Until it seem'd but sleep to me.
Death,--oh, no! death it could not be.
"The Troubadour. Canto 3" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The morn, when stepping down the hills—
The noon, which all creation fills
With glory—evening's placid fall—
The twilight—and the raven pall
Of midnight—all alike proclaim
Thy great, Thine all-impressive name.
"Summer: Tuesday Evening" by John Bowring
I SAID, "I am so tired of all the old tired faces
In the crowded places,
I tire of all the weary steps that cross and beat
Down the long swift street:"
I said, "I will return into my own still room,
Thick with peace and gloom."
"God’s Places" by Margaret Widdemer
Pale shone the features of the dead, yet glorious still to see,
Like a hunter or a chief struck down while his heart and step were free;
No shroud he wore, no robe of death, but there majestic lay,
Proudly and sadly glittering in royalty's array.
"Juana" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

IRS names acting commissioner, Shulman steps down.
Head football coach stepping down at LaFayette High School.
Louis Romanet, who has stepped down as director general of the organization, will stay on as special adviser to the president.
SIR Christopher Gent , the chairman of GLAXOSMITHKLINE and one of the UK's most respected businessmen, is to step down from the board of the pharmaceuticals giant.
Hogan will step down as president of the state's flagship university July 1 after two years because of pressure from disgruntled faculty members.
Bye, MGMMGM, the studio weighing an IPO, said Roger Birnbaum stepped down as co-chairman and co-CEO.
Haber stepping down as Association of Towns director.
The group's director for the past 27 years, Haber will step down from his post on October 15.
Hit asthma hard and fast , but step down treatment when symptoms are controlled.
Gilman headmaster to step down in 2013.
Schmick, the Gilman School's headmaster, announced Wednesday that he will step down in July 2013 after a replacement is found.
Princeton's first woman president to step down.
Coalition wants city manager, police chief to step down.
Kenny will begin leading the school when President William Bloodworth steps down July 1 to return to teaching.
Detroit police chief steps down amid allegations of sex scandal involving subordinate .

In science:

Define S (m, n) to be the number of such generalized Dyck paths from (0, 0) to (m, n) that end with a down (ց) step (1, −1).
Redundant generating functions in lattice path enumeration
Let us be given a generalized Dyck path ending at (2m + n, n) that ends a down (ց) step (1, −1).
Redundant generating functions in lattice path enumeration
Now let us decompose the path at every down step of the path.
Redundant generating functions in lattice path enumeration
These ,,wrong” extenstions are exactly the even-zeroed paths from the origin to (4n + 1, 1) followed by a down-step and two arbitrary steps, and the reflections of these paths across the x-axis.
A simple combinatorial proof of Shapiro's Catalan convolution
In this case, the Young diagram can be drawn by going one step to the left if there is a symbol and one step down otherwise.
On Brauer algebra simple modules over the complex field
Then reading the partition λ as in Figure 8, this corresponds to the i-th and j-th steps down.
On Brauer algebra simple modules over the complex field
Each word ω ∈ F can be naturally represented as a path on the Cartesian plane by associating a rise (or up ) step, defined by (1,1) and indicated by x, with each bit 1 in ω and a fal l (or down ) step, defined by (1,-1) and indicated by ¯x, with each bit 0 in ω .
Generation of binary words avoiding alternating patterns
At any given time t and any point x, the left and right x–limits of the function h(x, t) differ at most by 1, in other words, h(x, t) is almost surely a step function with steps (+1) (“up step”, when we read the values of the function from left to right) and (−1) (“down step”).
Lectures on integrable probability
After that the down step starts moving with speed 1 to the right, while the up step starts moving to the left with the same speed.
Lectures on integrable probability
In particular, the positions of up and down steps at time t = t0 are the points of intersection of the line t = t0 at Figure 8 with parts of broken lines of slope (−1) and (+1), respectively.
Lectures on integrable probability
In other words, each step of the dynamics boils down to sampling from several explicit distributions and applying not very complicated combinatorial rules.
Lectures on integrable probability
Note that the time steps are counted to quantify the GDM module di­ It was not possible down from n to 1. data, in spite of agricul­ rectly from field experimental ture being an extremely data rich domain.
MIDAS - An Influence Diagram for Management of Mildew in Winter Wheat
Here λn = +1 for the spin-up sublattice and λn = −1 for the spin-down sublattice, δ is a unit vector corresponding to one step in the lattice, N is the total number of sites.
Hole-Hole Contact Interaction in the t-J Model
The next step in our analysis is to write down a set of conditions that, if fulfilled, make the interpretation of (2.6) as a black hole meaningful.
Trace anomaly and Hawking effect in generic 2D dilaton gravity theories
This observation may be useful for a renormalization group study of the helicity flip interactions, since a large amplitude is obtained only through an infinite chain of steps from finite x down to vanishingly small values of x.
Dynamical vertex mass generation and chiral symmetry breaking on the light-front