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English noun: step

1. step (act) any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal


SamplesThe situation called for strong measures.
The police took steps to reduce crime.


Synonymsmeasure


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre


Narrower (hyponym)countermeasure, guard, porcupine provision, precaution, safeguard, shark repellent

2. step (quantity) the distance covered by a step


SamplesHe stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig.


Synonymsfootstep, pace, stride


Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

3. step (act) the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down


SamplesHe walked with unsteady steps.


Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel


Narrower (hyponym)footstep, pace, pas, sidestep, stride, tread, trip

4. step (artifact) support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway


SamplesHe paused on the bottom step.


Synonymsstair


Broader (hypernym)support


Narrower (hyponym)corbel step, corbie-step, corbiestep, crow step


Part holonymriser, tread


Part meronymstaircase, stairway

5. step (state) relative position in a graded series


SamplesAlways a step behind.
Subtle gradations in color.
Keep in step with the fashions.


Synonymsgradation


Broader (hypernym)rank


Narrower (hyponym)cut

6. step (quantity) a short distance


SamplesIt's only a step to the drugstore.


Synonymsstone's throw


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

7. step (event) the sound of a step of someone walking


SamplesHe heard footsteps on the porch.


Synonymsfootfall, footstep


Broader (hypernym)sound


Narrower (hyponym)tramp

8. step (communication) a musical interval of two semitones


Synonymstone, whole step, whole tone


Broader (hypernym)interval, musical interval

9. step (communication) a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface


SamplesThe police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window.


Synonymsfootmark, footprint


Broader (hypernym)mark, print


Narrower (hyponym)footprint evidence

10. step (artifact) a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed


Broader (hypernym)block

11. step (act) a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance


SamplesHe taught them the waltz step.


Synonymsdance step


Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel


Narrower (hyponym)chasse, glissade, moonwalk, sashay


Part meronymhoofing, step dancing


English verb: step

1. step (motion) shift or move by taking a step


SamplesStep back.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)backpedal

2. step (motion) put down or press the foot, place the foot


SamplesFor fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Step on the brake.


Synonymstread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)step on, tread on

3. step (social) cause (a computer) to execute a single command


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)execute, run

4. step (social) treat badly


SamplesThis boss abuses his workers.
She is always stepping on others to get ahead.


Synonymsabuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat


Narrower (hyponym)kick around

5. step (possession) furnish with steps


SamplesThe architect wants to step the terrace.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply


Domain categoryarchitecture

6. step (motion) move with one's feet in a specific manner


SamplesStep lively.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

7. step (motion) walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner


SamplesStep over to the blackboard.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)walk

8. step (contact) place (a ship's mast) in its step


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

9. step (change) measure (distances) by pacing


SamplesStep off ten yards.


Synonymspace


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)measure, quantify

10. step (change) move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation


SamplesShe stepped into a life of luxury.
He won't step into his father's footsteps.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)move









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