1. step - noun
· any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
2. step - noun
· the distance covered by a step; "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
3. step - noun
· the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"
4. step - noun
· support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step"
5. step - noun
· relative position in a graded series; "always a step behind"; "subtle gradations in color"; "keep in step with the fashions"
6. step - noun
· a short distance; "it's only a step to the drugstore"
7. step - noun
· the sound of a step of someone walking; "he heard footsteps on the porch"
8. step - noun
· a musical interval of two semitones
9. step - noun
· a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
10. step - noun
· a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
11. step - noun
· a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance; "he taught them the waltz step"
12. step - verb
· shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
13. step - verb
· put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake"
14. step - verb
· cause (a computer) to execute a single command
15. step - verb
· treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
16. step - verb
· furnish with steps; "The architect wants to step the terrace"
17. step - verb
· move with one's feet in a specific manner; "step lively"
18. step - verb
· walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner; "step over to the blackboard"
19. step - verb
· place (a ship's mast) in its step
20. step - verb
· measure (distances) by pacing; "step off ten yards"
21. step - verb
· 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"
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