footstep

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noun foot·step \ˈfu̇t-ˌstep\

Definition of footstep

  1. 1 :  the mark of the foot :  track

  2. 2a :  treadb :  distance covered by a step :  pace

  3. 3 :  a step on which to ascend or descend

  4. 4 :  a way of life, conduct, or action followed in his father's footsteps

Examples of footstep in a Sentence

  1. She slowly took one footstep toward the frightened animal.

  2. It's five footsteps from the bedroom to the bathroom.

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First Known Use of footstep

13th century



FOOTSTEP Defined for English Language Learners

footstep

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Definition of footstep for English Language Learners

  • : a movement made by your foot as you walk or run

  • : the distance covered by a step

  • : the sound of a foot making a step


FOOTSTEP Defined for Kids

footstep

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noun foot·step \ˈfu̇t-ˌstep\

Definition of footstep for Students

  1. 1 :  a step of the foot Don't take another footstep!

  2. 2 :  the distance covered by a step The bathroom is only a few footsteps away.

  3. 3 :  footprint

  4. 4 :  the sound of a foot taking a step We heard footsteps.

  5. 5 :  a way of life or action He followed in his father's footsteps.



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