- noun a regular movement of feet at the same time as other people
- noun one stair, which goes up or down
- noun an action which is done or has to be done out of several
- verb to walk in a particular direction
Cars & Driving
- noun a ledge formed by an edge setter in a sheet metal panel to provide a level mounting and welding surface with the adjacent panel
- noun a type of action
- noun a single unit
- verb to move forward or backwards by one unit
- One within a series, sequence, order, or process.
- To cause to proceed one step (1) at a time, or from one step to another.
- The interval encompassing a single step (1).
- Within a computer program, a single instruction. May also refer to a single statement, which can contain multiple instructions. Also called program step.
- To cause to execute a single step (4).
Information & Library Science
- noun one of a series of stages used to accomplish a task
- prefix (written as step-)showing a family relationship through a parent who has married again
- noun a movement of the foot and the leg as in walking
- verb to cut something in steps
- exclamation (written as step!)don’t try it!
- noun a stair on a staircase, or a flat rung on a ladder
Origin & History of “step”
Step, together with its relatives German stapfen and Dutch steppen, comes from a prehistoric west Germanic base *stap- ‘tread’ (a nasalized version of which produced English stamp). (Russian step, source of English steppe (17th c.), is not related.) The prefix step- (OE), as in stepdaughter, stepfather, etc, originated in a word meaning ‘orphan’. It is related to Old high German stiufen ‘bereave’.