: a ballroom dance in ²/₄ time marked by quick walking steps backward and forward
: music used for the one-step
one-step intransitive verb

Examples of one-step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s meant to be used on damp hair for one-step blow drying and curling. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 This one-step method to cook the filling is easy but also caramelizes the chicken and veggies deliciously. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 4 Sep. 2023 This one-step recipe for a tailgate party or any type of celebration uses four cheeses and a cup of hot sauce. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Aug. 2023 The median one-step deal pays $250,000, according to WGA data. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 23 Aug. 2023 However, the standout feature of this bra is its one-step clasp, which makes breastfeeding effortless. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 The boy doing the one-step problems seemed miles away from what anyone would consider honors math work. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 Its 12 wash cycles include the convenient one-step wash and dry for small loads, a sanitize cycle to eliminate bacteria and allergens like dust mites, and a steam cycle for tougher stains. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 June 2023 Coming in all shapes and styles, one-step wedding guest jumpsuits are elegant enough for formal events and easy enough for a night on the move. Gaby Keiderling, harpersbazaar.com, 18 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of one-step was in 1911

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“One-step.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-step. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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