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step

noun

1 step

Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal:
— The police took steps to reduce crime.

synonym: measure.

Roget 626: plan, scheme, design, project; proposal, proposition, suggestion; resolution, motion; precaution etc. (provision) 673; deep-laid plan ... show more

Roget 71: term, rank, station, stage, step; degree etc. 26; scale, remove, grade, link, peg, round of the ladder, ... show more

Roget 215: support, ground, foundation, base, basis; terra firma; bearing, fulcrum, bait [U.S.], caudex crib; point d'appui [Fr.], pou sto [Gr.], purchase footing, hold, ... show more

Roget 680: action, performance; doing, etc. v.; perpetration; exercise, excitation; movement, operation, evolution, work; labor ... show more

Dutch: fase, maatregel, stap



2 step

The distance covered by a step:
— He stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig.

synonyms: footstep, pace, stride.

Roget 264: motion, movement, move; going etc. v.; unrest.    stream, flow, flux, run, course, stir; ... show more

Dutch: tree

3 step

The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down.

Dutch: pasje, schrede, stap, trede, voetstap
Polish: krok

4 step

Support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway:
— He paused on the bottom step.

synonym: stair.

Dutch: afstapje, opstap, opstapje, optrede, trap
Polish: schodek, stopień

5 step

Relative position in a graded series:
— Always a step behind.
— Keep in step with the fashions.

synonym: gradation.

6 step

A short distance:
— It's only a step to the drugstore.

synonym: stone's throw.

Polish: krok

7 step

The sound of a step of someone walking:
— He heard footsteps on the porch.

synonyms: footfall, footstep.

Dutch: voetafdruk

8 step

A musical interval of two semitones.

synonyms: tone, whole step, whole tone.

Polish: cały ton

9 step

A mark of a foot or shoe on a surface.

synonyms: footmark, footprint.

Dutch: voetafdruk, voetstap

10 step

A solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed.

11 step

A sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance:
— He taught them the waltz step.

synonym: dance step.

Dutch: pas, stap
Polish: krok taneczny

verb

1 step

Shift or move by taking a step.

2 step

Put down or press the foot, place the foot:
— Step on the brake.

synonym: tread.

Roget 266: travel, journey, course; take a journey, go a journey; take a walk, go out for walk etc. n.; have a run; take the air.    flit, take wing; migrate, ... show more

3 step

Cause (a computer) to execute a single command.

4 step

Treat badly:
— She is always stepping on others to get ahead.

synonyms: abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat.

Dutch: bewerken, maltraiteren, mishandelen, mislachdelen, toetakelen

5 step

Furnish with steps.

6 step

Move with one's feet in a specific manner.

7 step

Walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner.

8 step

Place (a ship's mast) in its step.

9 step

Measure (distances) by pacing:
— Step off ten yards.

synonym: pace.

10 step

Move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation.


Moby thesaurus: abdicate, accelerate, accomplished fact, accomplishment, according to, ace, achievement, act, acta, action, activity, ad hoc measure, adventure, amble, ambulate, amount, ankle, answer, appraise, appreciate ... show more.

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