• WordNet 3.6
    • n misstep an unintentional but embarrassing blunder "he recited the whole poem without a single trip","he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later","confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misstep A wrong step; an error of conduct.
    • v. i Misstep To take a wrong step; to go astray.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misstep A wrong or false step.
    • n misstep A mistake in conduct; an incautious or erroneous act.
    • misstep To make a false step; stumble.
    • misstep To make a mistake; stray.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Misstep mis-step′ to make a false step; to make a mistake
    • n Misstep a mistake in conduct, &c
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  • Al Bernstein
    Al Bernstein
    “Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.”


In literature:

A misstep might precipitate him into the dark waters of the rushing stream.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
Once there was a moment when a shadow of a misstep would have cost him his life.
"The Pretty Sister Of José 1889" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Unhappily this dissatisfaction with himself was to prove but a minor result of the misstep.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
We were within thirty feet of the ground when I made ever so slight a misstep and brought Peter up short.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
A single misstep at the outset, the slightest breath of suspicion, and pff!
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
Mrs. Brace's voice had not faltered, although she must have seen the misstep.
"No Clue" by James Hay
Hence, a thorough fright and wet feet and dress were the only evil results of her misstep.
"Jessie Carlton" by Francis Forrester
A misstep by any member of the party would have sent him or her to instant destruction.
"Up the Forked River" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Once those in the rear saw the rascal ahead make a misstep and plunge downward.
"Dave Porter and His Double" by Edward Stratemeyer
He had already, perhaps fatally, erred, and there must be no further misstep.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer

In news:

Ryan Says Romney 47 Percent of Americans Remark a Misstep .
Maps is an obvious misstep , but it isn't the only one Apple has made recently.
Apple Apologizes for Misstep on Maps.
Super PAC leader's misstep .
Apple Gains Converts, RIM Makes Possible 'Fatal' Misstep .
Clint Eastwood's RNC speech: Bold backing or career misstep .
A rare misstep for Dick's Sporting Goods.
Britt willing to 'take it on the chin' for latest legal misstep .
Romney foreign policy misstep , a big one.
Naples reality TV show 'Senior Prom' takes a misstep .
Romney's Olympics misstep shows lack of awareness on campaign trail.
Did Lisa Rinna make a career misstep .
Misstep won't help comic's comeback.
Murder verdict stands despite ADA's misstep .
Boehner's 2012 Challenges Highlighted By Payroll Tax Misstep .

In science:

If every apparently logical step had been taken with explicit citation of the mathematical rule which was being used, and in a specified context, one could say where the first misstep was taken.
Simple refutation of Joy Christian's simple refutation of Bell's simple theorem
This error is compounded by a misstep in the application of the Love number formalism to express the increments to the Earth’s gravitational potential that result from the above-mentioned deformations.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
It is therefore not a misstep to assume that the local mean power of channel fading is a RV distributed over (0, ∞).
A Unified MGF-Based Capacity Analysis of Diversity Combiners over Generalized Fading Channels