• WordNet 3.6
    • n footstep the act of taking a step in walking
    • n footstep the sound of a step of someone walking "he heard footsteps on the porch"
    • n footstep the distance covered by a step "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: African heart-nosed bats can have such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from six feet away
    • Footstep An inclined plane under a hand printing press.
    • Footstep The mark or impression of the foot; a track; hence, visible sign of a course pursued; token; mark; as, the footsteps of divine wisdom. "How on the faltering footsteps of decay
      Youth presses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n footstep A tread of the foot; a footfall; a stepping: as, I hear his footstep on the stair.
    • n footstep The mark or impression of a foot; a footprint; a track.
    • n footstep Hence plural The steps taken or methods pursued in any series of actions; a course of proceedings or measures, or the track or path marked out by such a course: as, the conqueror's footsteps were everywhere marked by blood; to follow the footsteps or in the footsteps of one's predecessor.
    • n footstep An evidence or token of anything done; a manifest mark or indication.
    • n footstep In mech.: The pillow in which the foot of an upright or vertical shaft works.
    • n footstep An inclined plane under a hand printing-press.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Footstep the step or impression of the foot: a track: trace of a course pursued
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    “Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, If you are not willing to move your feet.”
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    “Others will follow your footsteps easier than they will your advice.”
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    “Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.”
  • Gita Bellin
    Gita Bellin
    “Never be afraid to treat the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps.”
  • Nicolas Bentley
    Nicolas Bentley
    “He followed in his father's footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic.”
  • Matsuo Basho
    Matsuo Basho
    “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fót, pl. fét; Ger. fuss, L. pes, pedis, Gr. pous, podos, Sans. pād.


In literature:

In a moment or two they heard his footsteps on the rocks, and his heavy breathing.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
He lay quite still a long time, and the first sound he heard was of slow and cautious footsteps.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I was listening to it fizzing when I heard footsteps out in our yard.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Slowly it died away to a whisper and then he heard distant shouts and footsteps echoing hollow.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Once a bullet, cutting the leaves near them, hastened their footsteps.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As they drew nearer she quickened her footsteps.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
There were sounds of voices and of footsteps approaching, but Marishka could not move.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
As he did so footsteps sounded on the silent platform without, the waiting-room door opened, and two strangers appeared at the ticket-window.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
Then there were footsteps outside and Stuyvesant turned to him.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Henry presently heard light footsteps among the bushes and he fired toward the sound.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Where never yet the footsteps
Of wand'ring man has stray'd;
That smiles in lonely beauty
"Song.—Oh, had I ne'er beheld thee" by Louisa Stuart Costello
A thousand rustling footsteps
Pattered upon the ground;
A thousand whisp'ring voices
Made the wide silence, sound.
"Entangled" by Mathilde Blind
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
"Olney Hymn 68: Light Shining Out Of Darkness" by William Cowper
Yet never a path, from day to day,
The pilgrim's footsteps range,
Save but the solitary way
To Burndale's ruin'd grange.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
When Laura Secord left her home,
With holy message fraught,
And lone Fitzgibbon's distant post
With hasty footsteps sought.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The winds have their sweetest whisper,
This golden summer day,
And the yellow corn is bowing
Wherever their footsteps stray.
"The Lark's Song" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Retracing her father's wartime footsteps .
Irwin's family follows in his footsteps .
In a founding father's footsteps .
At Riderwood, elementary students run in footsteps of high school mentors.
Following in the footsteps of another's past.
Kostrzewa has the polish to follow in Graves' footsteps .
In the footsteps of Stokowski.
Standing Bear's Footsteps premiered Monday, October 15, 2012.
Manute Bol's son looks to follow in his father's very large footsteps .
Will 2012 Fall TV Lineup Follow in the Footsteps of Successful TV Franchises.
West Texas A&M Homecoming: Son follows in mother's high-spirited footsteps .
West Texas A&M homecoming: Son follows in mother's high-spirited footsteps .
Footsteps to the Future offers mentoring for girls aging out of foster care.
OETA to host "Standing Bear's Footsteps " screening at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
New York Times follows Financial Times' footsteps , introduces HTML5 Web app.

In science:

At the same footstep, the coherent states constructed in this space can be used to obtain Grassmann representatives of any operator acting on the Hilbert space, using some sort of Grassmann covariant symbol of the operator.
On the construction of generalized Grassmann representatives of state vectors
Following the footsteps of Molloy and Reed, our proof is based on analysis of an algorithm that determines the component containing a given vertex.
On the largest component of a random graph with a subpower-law degree sequence in a subcritical phase
The connection between the two games above is made clear in the following theorem, the proof of which follows in the footsteps of and is given in Appendix I.
Jamming in Fixed-Rate Wireless Systems with Power Constraints - Part I: Fast Fading Channels
Following the footsteps traced by the proof of Theorem 4, we are able to prove the “corresponding” result in the case of the random graph model G (n, p), hence improving the non explicit constant value α of to 6 − ε for any ε > 0.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
In axiomatizing physical theories, we follow in the footsteps of many great predecessors.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity