footstep

noun
foot·​step | \ˈfu̇t-ˌstep \

Definition of footstep 

1 : the mark of the foot : track

2a : tread

b : distance covered by a step : pace

3 : a step on which to ascend or descend

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

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Synonyms for footstep

Synonyms

footmark, footprint, step, trace, vestige

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Examples of footstep in a Sentence

She slowly took one footstep toward the frightened animal. It's five footsteps from the bedroom to the bathroom.

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The aim is to follow in Mandela’s footsteps, and to end extreme poverty by 2030. Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Among Headliners at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100," 9 July 2018 Now the Mariners hope to follow in those footsteps, preferably with reinforcements down the stretch. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Luckiest Team Doesn’t Think It’s Luck," 3 July 2018 While there are yet no signs Nintendo is interested in following in Sony's PlayStation Now footsteps for an institutional, system-level game streaming solution, that isn't stopping other Japanese game makers from trying it out. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Capcom requires high-speed streaming to play Resident Evil 7 on Switch," 21 May 2018 Following in his late father’s footsteps, Greg Pence in 2000 started his four-year stint as president of the Kiel Brothers Oil Company, a chain of over 200 convenience stores throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "What's in a name? For Greg Pence, the VP's brother, it could be a seat in Congress," 30 Apr. 2018 Others are now following in his footsteps, like Joshua Wurman at the Center for Severe Weather Research, who is now actively going out there and deploying instruments of his own design into the cores of tornadoes. National Geographic, "This Storm Chaser Risked It All for Tornado Research," 21 Apr. 2018 In this world, the tiniest noise — a footstep, a laugh, an obnoxious slurp from a large Diet Coke — can send the creatures rushing in for the slaughter. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "People are being snack-shamed for chewing too loudly during ‘A Quiet Place’ | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 But no one has followed precisely in Lang's footsteps, which insulates her in a way from the need to reimagine familiar material in order to keep it interesting. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "Why K.D. Lang can keep performing 'Ingénue' the way she recorded it," 6 Mar. 2018 Wolf, who joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in 2016, is only the fifth woman to be named as host of the dinner, following the footsteps of Cecily Strong (2015), Wanda Sykes (2009), Elayne Boosler (1993), and Paula Poundstone (1992). Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Who Is Michelle Wolf? 11 Things to Know About the Host of the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of footstep

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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footstep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of footstep

: 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

noun
foot·​step | \ˈfu̇t-ˌstep \

Kids Definition of footstep

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

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

3 : footprint

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

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

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