baby step


Definition of baby step

: a very small step or advance in progress These companies can create products that take a real leap forward, rather than the traditional baby steps that larger companies with greater commitments must make.Home Theater

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Other Words from baby step

baby-step \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌstep How to pronounce baby-step (audio) \ verb, transitive + intransitive baby-stepped; baby-stepping
… after the 2-1 victory that baby-stepped the sixth-place Rangers within four points of the first-place Devils … — Larry Brooks "This is murder," John Chaney had said in that ever-raspy voice as he baby-stepped toward the court Thursday night. "My feet are killing me." — Tom Archdeacon

Examples of baby step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s baby steps, but the Cavs have an 11-27 record heading into Saturday night. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Waiting for trade deadline an anxious time for Cleveland Cavaliers coaches," 11 Jan. 2020 Rather than introducing self-driving technology in a single high-profile launch, the company has taken a series of baby steps toward full autonomy over the last three years. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo tells riders to get ready for fully driverless rides," 10 Oct. 2019 In 1938, opinion polls were taking their first baby steps. P. E. Caquet, Time, "What the British and the French Actually Thought About the Decision to Appease Hitler at Munich in 1938," 24 Sep. 2019 The result, courtesy of the ingenuity of the Khasi and Jaintia people who trek these paths from their first baby steps: the living tree-root bridges of the Cherrapunji region. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 Northwestern outgained the Boilermakers 435-345 and Aidan Smith took a baby step with a 19-for-31 passing day. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 11, including ‘elite’ coaching at Minnesota and a day to remember for Lovie Smith. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 10 Nov. 2019 The rehab process will require baby steps, and daily progress won’t be visible. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury," 12 June 2019 And, as modest as the improvement might have been, baby steps might be the best way to gauge positives at this stage for a team that has been struggling despite its veteran leadership and team continuity. Chris Hays,, "Magic encouraged by modest scoring progress during homestand," 9 Nov. 2019 These baby steps come after weeks of simulating the near-vacuum the rover will operate with on Mars. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Stands on Its Own for the First Time," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of baby step

1825, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Baby step.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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