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