step-down

noun \ ˈstep-ˌdau̇n \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of step-down

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

First Known Use of step-down

1922

in the meaning defined above

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step down

verb

Definition of step down

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

step-down

play \ˈstep-ˌdau̇n\ adjective

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First Known Use of step down

1890

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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