HyperDic: step

English > 21 senses of the word step:
NOUNactstep, measureany maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
quantitystep, footstep, pace, stridethe distance covered by a step
actstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
artifactstep, stairsupport consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
statestep, gradationrelative position in a graded series
quantitystep, stone's throwa short distance
eventstep, footfall, footstepthe sound of a step of someone walking
communicationstep, tone, whole tone, whole stepa musical interval of two semitones
communicationstep, footprint, footmarka mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
artifactstepa solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
actstep, dance stepa sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
VERBmotionstepshift or move by taking a step
motionstep, treadput down or press the foot, place the foot
socialstepcause (a computer) to execute a single command
socialstep, mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, ill-treattreat badly
possessionstepfurnish with steps
motionstepmove with one's feet in a specific manner
motionstepwalk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
contactstepplace (a ship's mast) in its step
changestep, pacemeasure (distances) by pacing
changestepmove or proceed as if by steps into a new situation
step > pronunciation
Soundssteh'p
Rhymesdoorstep ... strep: 15 rhymes with ehp...
English > step: 21 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningAny maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal.
Example "the police took steps to reduce crime"
Synonymmeasure
NarrowercountermeasureAn action taken to offset another action
precaution, safeguard, guardA precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage / damage or injury etc.
shark repellent, porcupine provisionA measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
Broadermaneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvreA move made to gain a tactical end
Spanishdecisión, medida, medidas, paso
Catalanmesura, mesures
English > step: 21 senses > noun 2, quantity
MeaningThe distance covered by a step.
Example"he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"
Synonymsfootstep, pace, stride
Broaderindefinite quantityAn estimated quantity
Spanishpaso
Catalangambada, pas, passa
Verbsstepmeasure (distances) by pacing
stepshift or move by taking a step
stepput down or press the foot, place the foot
stepwalk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
English > step: 21 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down.
Example"he walked with unsteady steps"
NarrowerfootstepThe act of taking a step in walking
pace, stride, treadA step in walking or running
pas(ballet) a step in dancing (especially in classical ballet)
sidestepA step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
tripA light or nimble tread
Broaderlocomotion, travelself-propelled movement
Spanishpaso
Catalanpas, passa
Verbsstepmeasure (distances) by pacing
stepshift or move by taking a step
stepput down or press the foot, place the foot
stepwalk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner
stepmove with one's feet in a specific manner
English > step: 21 senses > noun 4, artifact
Meaningsupport consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway.
Example"he paused on the bottom step"
Synonymstair
Part ofstairway, staircaseA way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
Partsriserstructural member consisting of the vertical part of a stair or step
treadstructural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step
Narrowercorbel step, corbie-step, corbiestep, crow step(architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall
BroadersupportAny device that bears the weight of another thing
Spanishescalera, escalón, peldaño, step
Catalanescala, escaló, esglaó, graó
Verbsstepfurnish with steps
English > step: 21 senses > noun 5, state
Meaningrelative position in a graded series.
Examples
  • "always a step behind"
  • "keep in step with the fashions"
Synonymgradation
NarrowercutA step on some scale
Broaderrankrelative status
Spanishgradación
Catalangradació
English > step: 21 senses > noun 6, quantity
MeaningA short distance.
Example"it's only a step to the drugstore"
Synonymstone's throw
Broadersmall indefinite quantity, small indefinite amountAn indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
Verbsstepmeasure (distances) by pacing
English > step: 21 senses > noun 7, event
MeaningThe sound of a step of someone walking.
Example"he heard footsteps on the porch"
Synonymsfootfall, footstep
NarrowertrampA heavy footfall
BroadersoundThe sudden occurrence of an audible event
Spanishpaso, pisada
Catalanpas, passa, trepig
Verbsstepshift or move by taking a step
stepmove with one's feet in a specific manner
English > step: 21 senses > noun 8, communication
MeaningA musical interval of two semitones.
Synonymstone, whole tone, whole step
Broaderinterval, musical intervalThe difference in pitch between two notes
Spanishescala completa, escala, tono completo, tono
Catalanto
English > step: 21 senses > noun 9, communication
MeaningA mark of a foot or shoe on a surface.
Synonymsfootprint, footmark
Narrowerfootprint evidenceevidence in the form of footprints
Broadermark, printA visible indication made on a surface
Spanishhuella, pisada
Catalanempremta, pas, petjada
Verbsstepput down or press the foot, place the foot
English > step: 21 senses > noun 10, artifact
MeaningA solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed.
BroaderblockA solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
Verbsstepplace (a ship's mast) in its step
English > step: 21 senses > noun 11, act
MeaningA sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance.
Example"he taught them the waltz step"
Synonymdance step
Part ofstep dancing, hoofingdancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
Narrowerchasse, sashay(ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
glissade(ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet
moonwalkA kind of dance step in which the dancer seems to be sliding on the spot
Broaderlocomotion, travelself-propelled movement
Spanishpaso de baile, paso
Catalanpas de ball
English > step: 21 senses > verb 1, motion
Meaningshift or move by taking a step.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Example"step back"
Entailed bydanceMove in a graceful and rhythmical way
walkUse one's feet to advance
NarrowerbackpedalStep backwards, in boxing
Broadertravel, go, move, locomotechange location
See alsostep outgo outside a room or building for a short period of time
Spanishandar
Nounsstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
stepthe sound of a step of someone walking
stepthe distance covered by a step
English > step: 21 senses > verb 2, motion
Meaningput down or press the foot, place the foot.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Example "step on the brake"
Synonymtread
Narrowerstep on, tread onplace or press the foot on
Broadertravel, go, move, locomotechange location
Spanishpisar
Catalanpisar, trepitjar
Nounsstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
stepa mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
stepthe distance covered by a step
English > step: 21 senses > verb 3, social
MeaningCause (a computer) to execute a single command.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderrun, executecarry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
English > step: 21 senses > verb 4, social
Meaningtreat badly.
PatternSomebody ----s something PP
Example "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
Synonymsmistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, ill-treat
Narrowerkick aroundtreat badly
Broadertreat, handle, do byinteract in a certain way
Spanishabusar, malparar, maltratar
Catalanabusar, maltractar, maltratar
English > step: 21 senses > verb 5, possession
MeaningFurnish with steps.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"The architect wants to step the terrace"
CategoryarchitectureThe profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
Broadersupply, provide, render, furnishGive something useful or necessary to
Spanishescalonar
Nounsstepsupport consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway
English > step: 21 senses > verb 6, motion
MeaningMove with one's feet in a specific manner.
PatternSomebody ----s Adjective
Example"step lively"
Broadertravel, go, move, locomotechange location
Nounsstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
stepthe sound of a step of someone walking
English > step: 21 senses > verb 7, motion
Meaningwalk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Example"step over to the blackboard"
BroaderwalkUse one's feet to advance
Nounsstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
stepthe distance covered by a step
English > step: 21 senses > verb 8, contact
Meaningplace (a ship's mast) in its step.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderput, set, place, pose, position, layPut into a certain place or abstract location
Nounsstepa solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed
English > step: 21 senses > verb 9, change
MeaningMeasure (distances) by pacing.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"step off ten yards"
Synonympace
Broaderquantify, measureExpress as a number or measure or quantity
Nounsstepthe act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
stepthe distance covered by a step
stepa short distance
English > step: 21 senses > verb 10, change
MeaningMove or proceed as if by steps into a new situation.
PatternSomebody ----s something PP
Examples
  • "She stepped into a life of luxury"
  • "he won't step into his father's footsteps"
BroadermoveGo or proceed from one point to another

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