step-down

noun
\ ˈstep-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce step-down (audio) \
plural step-downs

Definition of step-down

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a decrease or reduction in size or amount a step-down in dosage

step-down

adjective

Definition of step-down (Entry 2 of 3)

: serving to decrease voltage a step-down transformer

step down

verb
stepped down; stepping down; steps down

Definition of step down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lower (a voltage) by means of a transformer
2 : to decrease or reduce especially by one or more steps

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Examples of step-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Isabel Rubio, founder and chief executive officer of ¡HICA!, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, for the past 20 years will step down at the end of this year, The Birmingham Times reports. al, 23 July 2021 Anne Nickoloff reports that founder Bonnie Flinner will step down on Sunday. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Kobayashi is the second creative director of the opening ceremony to step down. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Haiti Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told The Associated Press on Monday that Joseph would step down and cede the position to Henry, who was chosen for the post by Moïse shortly before he was killed but had not been sworn in. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 21 July 2021 Kai whimpers miserably at the top until Patricia climbs up, stands next to him and starts to take the first step down. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Haiti elections minister Mathias Pierre told The Associated Press on Monday that Joseph would step down and cede the position to Henry, who was chosen for the post by Moïse shortly before he was killed but had not been sworn in. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has agreed to step down and hand power to a political challenger in a bid to stabilize the embattled Caribbean nation following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 19 July 2021 There will be a portage built in case paddleboarders or kayakers don’t want to use the step down rocks in their boats. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of step-down

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of step-down was in 1890

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“Step-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/step-down. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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