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  1  definition  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Step  \Step\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stepped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Stepping}.]  [AS.  st[ae]ppan;  akin  to  OFries  steppa,  D. 
  stappen  to  step,  stap  a  step,  OHG.  stepfen  to  step,  G.  stapfe 
  a  footstep,  OHG.  stapfo  G.  stufe  a  step  to  step  on  cf  Gr 
  ?  to  shake  about  handle  roughly,  stamp  (?).  Cf  {Stamp},  n. 
  &  a.] 
  1.  To  move  the  foot  in  walking;  to  advance  or  recede  by 
  raising  and  moving  one  of  the  feet  to  another  resting 
  place  or  by  moving  both  feet  in  succession. 
  2.  To  walk;  to  go  on  foot;  esp.,  to  walk  a  little  distance; 
  as  to  step  to  one  of  the  neighbors. 
  3.  To  walk  slowly,  gravely,  or  resolutely. 
  Home  the  swain  retreats,  His  flock  before  him 
  stepping  to  the  fold.  --Thomson. 
  4.  Fig.:  To  move  mentally;  to  go  in  imagination. 
  They  are  stepping  almost  three  thousand  years  back 
  into  the  remotest  antiquity.  --Pope. 
  {To  step  aside},  to  walk  a  little  distance  from  the  rest;  to 
  retire  from  company. 
  {To  step  forth},  to  move  or  come  forth. 
  {To  step}  {in  or  into}. 
  a  To  walk  or  advance  into  a  place  or  state,  or  to 
  advance  suddenly  in 
  Whosoever  then  first  after  the  troubling  of  the 
  water,  stepped  in  was  made  whole  of  whatsoever 
  disease  he  had  --John  v.  4. 
  b  To  enter  for  a  short  time;  as  I  just  stepped  into  the 
  c  To  obtain  possession  without  trouble;  to  enter  upon 
  easily  or  suddenly;  as  to  step  into  an  estate. 
  {To  step  out}. 
  a  (Mil.)  To  increase  the  length,  but  not  the  rapidity, 
  of  the  step,  extending  it  to  thirty-tree  inches. 
  b  To  go  out  for  a  short  distance  or  a  short  time. 
  {To  step  short}  (Mil.),  to  diminish  the  length  or  rapidity  of 
  the  step  according  to  the  established  rules 

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