Meaning of STEP in English


I. ˈstep noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stæpe; akin to Old High German stapfo step, stampfōn to stamp

Date: before 12th century

1. : a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: as

a. : one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread

b. : a ladder rung



(1) : an advance or movement made by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere

(2) : a combination of foot or foot and body movements constituting a unit or a repeated pattern

a dance step

(3) : manner of walking : stride

b. : footprint 1

c. : the sound of a footstep

heard step s in the hall


a. : the space passed over in one step

b. : a short distance

just a step away from the bank

c. : the height of one stair

4. plural : course , way

directed his step s toward the river


a. : a degree, grade, or rank in a scale

b. : a stage in a process

was guided through every step of my career

6. : a frame on a ship designed to receive an upright shaft ; especially : a block supporting the heel of a mast

7. : an action, proceeding, or measure often occurring as one in a series

taking step s to improve the situation

8. : a steplike offset or part usually occurring in a series

9. : an interval in a musical scale

10. : step aerobics

11. : a slight lead in or as if in a race

has a step on the competition

• step·like -ˌlīk adjective

• stepped ˈstept adjective

- in step

- out of step

II. verb

( stepped ; step·ping )

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession

b. : dance


a. : to go on foot : walk

b. obsolete : advance , proceed

c. : to be on one's way : leave — often used with along

d. : to move briskly

kept us stepping

3. : to press down with the foot

step on the brake

4. : to come as if at a single step

stepped into a good job

transitive verb

1. : to take by moving the feet in succession

step three paces


a. : to move (the foot) in any direction : set

the first man to step foot on the moon

hasn't stepped foot in our house since the quarrel

b. : to traverse on foot

3. : to go through the steps of : perform

step a minuet

4. : to make erect by fixing the lower end in a step

step the mast

5. : to measure by steps

step off 50 yards


a. : to provide with steps

b. : to make steps in

step a key

7. : to construct or arrange in or as if in steps

craggy peaks with terraces stepped up the sides — Time

- step on it

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.