• Mike lying at the bottom of the steps
    Mike lying at the bottom of the steps
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v step move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation "She stepped into a life of luxury","he won't step into his father's footsteps"
    • v step measure (distances) by pacing "step off ten yards"
    • v step place (a ship's mast) in its step
    • v step shift or move by taking a step "step back"
    • v step put down or press the foot, place the foot "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread","step on the brake"
    • v step walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner "step over to the blackboard"
    • v step move with one's feet in a specific manner "step lively"
    • v step furnish with steps "The architect wants to step the terrace"
    • v step treat badly "This boss abuses his workers","She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
    • v step cause (a computer) to execute a single command
    • n step any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal "the situation called for strong measures","the police took steps to reduce crime"
    • n step the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down "he walked with unsteady steps"
    • n step a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance "he taught them the waltz step"
    • n step support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway "he paused on the bottom step"
    • n step a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
    • n step a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
    • n step a musical interval of two semitones
    • n step the sound of a step of someone walking "he heard footsteps on the porch"
    • n step the distance covered by a step "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
    • n step a short distance "it's only a step to the drugstore"
    • n step relative position in a graded series "always a step behind","subtle gradations in color","keep in step with the fashions"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The children at the bottom of the basement steps The children at the bottom of the basement steps
Showing seating and steps; showing arches Showing seating and steps; showing arches
Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up Highly decorated wall and ceiling, with steps leading up
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
He asks folks to step into the stove He asks folks to step into the stove
I stepped on his toe I stepped on his toe
Step Sisters and Cinderella Step Sisters and Cinderella
Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The total number of steps in the Eiffel Tower are 1665
    • Step (Mach) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
    • Step (Kinematics) A change of position effected by a motion of translation.
    • Step A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
    • Step A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
    • Step A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a ladder. "The breadth of every single step or stair should be never less than one foot."
    • Step A small space or distance; as, it is but a step .
    • Step An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace.
    • Step (Fives) At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court into an inner and an outer portion.
    • Step Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination. "They are stepping almost three thousand years back into the remotest antiquity."
    • Step Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step .
    • Step (Naut) In general, a framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.
    • Step (Mach) One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.
    • Step Proceeding; measure; action; an act. "The reputation of a man depends on the first steps he makes in the world.""Beware of desperate steps . The darkest day,
      Live till to-morrow, will have passed away."
      "I have lately taken steps . . . to relieve the old gentleman's distresses."
    • Step (Mus) The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale.
    • Step The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running; as, one step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by steps . "To derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step in philosophy."
    • Step (Naut) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
    • Step To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
    • Step To set, as the foot.
    • Step To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely. "Home the swain retreats,
      His flock before him stepping to the fold."
    • Step To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.
    • Step Walk; passage. "Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An old law in Bellingham, Washington made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
    • step To move the legs and feet as in walking; advance or recede by a movement of the foot or feet: as, to step forward; to step backward: to step up or down.
    • step To go; walk; march; especially, to go a short distance: as, to step to a neighbor's house.
    • step To advance as if by chance or suddenly; come (in).
    • step To walk slowly, gravely, or with dignity.
    • step To go in imagination; advance or recede mentally: as, to step back to the England of Elizabeth.
    • step To deviate from the right path; err.
    • step To set; plant, as in stepping: as, step your foot on this thwart; he has never stepped foot in the city.
    • step To measure by stepping: as, to step off the distance.
    • step To perform by stepping, as a dance: as, he stepped a stately galliard.
    • step To place or set (two or more cutting-tools) in a tool-post or -rest in such manner that they simultaneously make successive cuts each respectively deeper than the preceding one, so that these cuts present the appearance of a series of ledges or steps.
    • step Nautical, to fix the foot of (a mast) in its step, as in readiness for setting sail.
    • n step A pace; a completed movement made in raising the foot and setting it down again, as in walking, running, or dancing.
    • n step Hence In the plural, walk; passage; course or direction in which one goes by walking.
    • n step A support for the foot in ascending or descending: as, steps cut in a glacier; a structure or an appliance used to facilitate mounting from one level to another, whether alone or as one of a series: as, a stone step (a block of stone having a horizontal surface for the foot); a step of a staircase (one of the gradients composed of the tread and riser taken together); the step of a ladder (one of the rungs or rounds, or one of the treads or foot-pieces in a step-ladder).
    • n step Specifically— plural A step-ladder. Also called pair of steps and set of steps.
    • n step A foot-piece for entering or alighting from a vehicle.
    • n step The space passed over or measured by one movement of the foot, as in walking; the distance between the feet in walking when both feet are on the ground; a half-pace.
    • n step An inconsiderable space; a short distance; a distance easily walked.
    • n step Gradation; degree.
    • n step Degree in progress or advance; particularly, a forward move; gain or advantage; promotion; rise; a grade, as of rank.
    • n step Print or impression of the foot; footprint; footstep; track.
    • n step Gait; manner of walking; sound of the step; foot; footfall: as, to hear a step at the door.
    • n step A proceeding, or one of a series of proceedings; measure; action: as, a rash step; to take prompt steps to prevent something.
    • n step Nautical, a socket of wood or metal, or, in large ships, a solid platform on the keelson, supporting the heel of a mast.
    • n step In carpentry, any piece of timber having the foot of another fixed upright in it.
    • n step In much.: The lower brass of a journal-box or pillow-block.
    • n step A socket or bearing for the lower pivot of a spindle or vertical shaft.
    • n step In music: Same as degree, whether of the scale or of the staff.
    • n step The interval between two successive degrees of the scale, degrees of the staff, or keys of the keyboard. In the scale, a whole step is a major second, or tone, and a half-step a minor second, or semitone; and the same nomenclature is transferred to the staff and the keyboard. The successive steps between the normal tones of a scale, whether whole or half, are collectively called diatonic; while intervals involving other tones are called chromatic.
    • n step With equal pace; at the same rate of progress.
    • n step A prefix used in composition before father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, child, etc., to indicate that the person spoken of is a connection only by the marriage of a parent.
    • step In electricity, to raise or lower (the voltage of an alternating-current circuit) by means of transformers: see to step up and to step down.
    • n step In machinery: The radial distance on a cone or step-pulley of a machine between the belt-face on one diameter and the belt-face on the next larger or smaller. Twice the step is the difference in the diameters of the successive belt-surfaces. In England also called the fall.
    • n step In mathematics, a change of place without rotation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.
    • n Step step a pace: the distance crossed by the foot in walking or running: a small space: degree: one remove in ascending or descending a stair: round of a ladder: footprint: manner of walking: proceeding: action: the support on which the lower end of a mast, or staff, or a wheel rests:
    • v.i Step to advance or retire by pacing: to walk: to walk slowly or gravely: to walk a short distance: to move mentally
    • v.t Step to set, as a foot: to fix, as a mast:—pr.p. step′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. stepped
    • n Step step (pl.) walk, direction taken in walking: a self-supporting ladder with flat steps
    • ***


  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.”
  • Fannie Flagg
    Fannie Flagg
    “Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Difficulties are stepping stones to success.”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”


Step on it - This idiom is a way of telling someone to hurry up or to go faster.
Step on someone's toes - If you step on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
Step up a gear - If you step up a gear, you perform noticeably better, especially in sport.
Step up to the plate - If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stæppan,; akin to OFries. steppa, D. stappen, to step, stap, a step, OHG. stepfen, to step, G. stapfe, a footstep, OHG. stapfo, G. stufe, a step to step on; cf. Gr. to shake about, handle roughly, stamp (?). Cf. Stamp (n.) & (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stæpestapan, to go; Dut. stap, Ger. stapfe.


In literature:

So I think I'll buy me a book and get a step ahead in knowledge.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Pete followed him a step or two in approaching Kate.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
This is done in four running steps, making twelve steps in all.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Smiling, Lancaster took a step toward him.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The old charcoal-burner had stepped up to where the girl knelt with far-away eyes.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
It opened readily and he stepped into the inner office.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
The old Turk, her step-father, won't raise much of a hue and cry at her flight, I fancy.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
She saw that the old gentleman with the wig kept step with her.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
When perfected, that makes the first actual step in "Tap and Step" dancing.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
You don't move a step of the way, not a step, Mr. Alan McKinstra.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine

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
To Babylon, to Babylon!
And every step I take
Bears farther off from Babylon
A heart that cannot break!
"Out Of Babylon" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Nothing before, nothing behind;
The steps of Faith
Fall on the seeming void, and find
The rock beneath.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I can't find the title
of a memory about you
with a hand torn from darkness
I step on fragments of faces
"Three Poems" by Zbigniew Herbert
She wasna frae her chamber
A step but barely three,
When up and at her richt hand
There stood Man's Enemy.
"The Laird Of Waristoun" by Andrew Lang
SLOW step by step, day after day,
I journey on my homeward way;
And darkly dream the Land of Light
Is drawing near, night after night;
Where I shall reach my Rest at last,
And smile at all the troubles past.
"Rest" by Gerald Massey

In news:

"If their step-by-step road map goes to plan, I think it could be quite promising in the longer term," Ben Taylor, a research fellow in the planetary env...
Step by step, for 10 days, the Mavericks have climbed from a hole that had seen them fall two games below.500.
Here's the step-by-step process to create the charming chain bracelets from our December/January 2013 holiday issue.
Jenna Hemphill of Sachse has learned to take things one step at a time, and now there are real steps.
Step-By-Step Breakdown : Forearm Stand.
Stepping into Buck 's is like stepping into another world, which can be a good thing.
A step-by-step guide to nailing the perfect casual updo.
Blogs Surviving Step By Step Surviving Step by Step: Staying Busy and Having Fun.
Blogs Surviving Step By Step Surviving Step by Step:Looking Forward to No Treatment.
Blogs Surviving Step By Step Surviving Step by Step: Waiting for the Good News.
A Step- by-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Site.
Tualatin girls are taking it step by step.
Step- By-Step Breakdown: Forearm Stand.
Archived Articles from Step by Step: Clubs.
Everyone always asks me how I cook my bird, so I figured this would be a great time to talk about it step- by-step .

In science:

In the first case the succeeding step can only be a rise, so the path has odd length and one more oddnumbered step than even-numbered steps.
Path counting and random matrix theory
Hence the pair formed by the first and last maximal sequences of level steps at level 0 has exactly as many odd-numbered steps as even-numbered steps.
Path counting and random matrix theory
The lattice is discretized into steps of unit length (a step size corresponding to a codon step), while the particles are of integer size q ≥ 1.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Steps (2) and (3) are then repeated a large number of times (usually called Monte Carlo steps, or MC steps).
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
The critical identity is Theorem 1.1, which rewrites the C (k , l) in terms of a k-step conditioned random walk with steps that are Poisson random variables minus one, and where the parameter of the Poisson steps varies with time.
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically