footstep

noun foot·step \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstep \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of footstep

1 : the mark of the foot : track
2 a : 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

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 Synonyms

Synonyms
footmark, footprint, step, trace, vestige
Related Words
hoofprint; pug, spoor, track; tread


FOOTSTEP Defined for English Language Learners

footstep

noun

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

noun foot·step \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstep \

Definition of footstep for Students

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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