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step-

pref.
Related by means of a remarriage rather than by blood: stepparent.

[Middle English, from Old English stēop-.]
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step-

combining form
indicating relationship through the previous union of a spouse or parent rather than by blood: stepson; stepfather.
[Old English stēop-; compare āstӯpan to bereave]
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step

(stɛp)

n., v. stepped, step•ping. n.
1. a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking or dancing.
2. such a movement followed by a movement of equal distance of the other foot.
3. the space passed over or the distance measured by one such movement of the foot.
4. the sound made by the foot in making such a movement.
5. a mark or impression made by the foot on the ground; footprint.
6. the manner of stepping; gait; stride.
7. pace or rhythm in marching: double-quick step.
8. a pace or rhythm uniform with that of another or others, or in time with music.
9. steps, movements or course in stepping or walking: to retrace one's steps.
10. any of a series of successive stages in a process or the attainment of an end: the five steps to success.
11. rank, degree, or grade, as on a vertical scale.
12. a support for the foot in ascending or descending: the steps of a ladder.
13. a very short distance.
14. a repeated pattern or unit of movement in a dance formed by a combination of foot and body motions.
15. Music.
a. a degree of the staff or of the scale.
b. the interval between two adjacent scale degrees; second.
16. a socket, frame, or platform for supporting the lower end of a mast.
v.i.
17. to move in steps.
18. to walk, esp. for a few strides or a short distance: Step over to the counter.
19. to move with measured steps, as in a dance.
20. to go briskly or fast, as a horse.
21. to come easily and naturally, as if by a step of the foot: to step into a fortune.
22. to put the foot down; tread: Don't step on the grass.
23. to press with the foot, as on a lever or spring, in order to operate some mechanism.
v.t.
24. to take (a step, pace, stride, etc.).
25. to go through or perform the steps of (a dance).
26. to move or set (the foot) in taking a step.
27. to measure (a distance, ground, etc.) by steps (sometimes fol. by off or out).
28. to make or arrange in the manner of a series of steps.
29. to fix (a mast) in its step.
30. step down,
a. to lower or decrease by degrees.
b. to relinquish one's authority or control; resign.
31. step in, to become involved; intervene.
32. step out,
a. to leave a place, esp. for a short time.
b. to walk or march at a more rapid pace.
c. to go out socially.
33. step up,
a. to raise or increase by degrees.
b. to be promoted; advance.
c. to make progress; improve.
Idioms:
1. break step, to cease or interrupt marching in step.
2. in (or out of) step,
a. in (or not in) time to a rhythm or beat, as while marching in unison.
b. in (or not in) harmony or agreement with others.
3. keep step, to stay in step; keep pace.
4. step by step, gradually; by stages.
5. step on it or on the gas, Informal. to move more quickly; hurry.
6. take steps, to employ necessary procedures.
[before 900; (v.) Old English steppan, c. Old High German stepfen; (n.) Middle English; Old English stepe]

step-

a prefix used in kinship terms denoting members of a family related by the remarriage of a parent and not by blood: stepbrother.
[Old English stēop-, c. Old High German stiof-, Old Norse stjūp-]
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Translations

step-

prefStief-; stepbrotherStiefbruder m; stepchildStiefkind nt; stepdaughterStieftochter f; stepfatherStiefvater m; stepmotherStiefmutter f
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step-

(step)
showing a relationship not by blood but by another marriage.
ˈstep-father, ˈstep-mother nouns
the husband, who is not the person's father, of a person's own mother, or the wife, who is not the person's mother, of a person's own father.
ˈstep-sister, ˈstep-brother nouns
a daughter or son of a person's step-father or step-mother.
ˈstep-son, ˈstep-daughter, ˈstep-child nouns
a son or daughter from another marriage of a person's wife or husband.
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References in classic literature ?
2) By the Iron Rocks that guard the double main, On Bosporus' lone strand, Where stretcheth Salmydessus' plain In the wild Thracian land, There on his borders Ares witnessed The vengeance by a jealous step-dame ta'en The gore that trickled from a spindle red, The sightless orbits of her step-sons twain.
He said his nephew, who was born in Pakistan and came to Britain as a business student, left another son, who is three, and also a six-year-old step-son.
Father-of-two Pennington then searched for "the real object of his anger", his step-son and Mr O'Connor's biological son, Liam.
Jeffrey Newton, 32, allegedly slammed six-month-old step-son Jack Graham's head against a bed and punched him because he kept crying.
Lecturer Piers Storey, 44, from London, had brought his step-son Louis Davis, three.
The two toddlers, Mikeala's mother Sue, 25, and step-son Michael, 21, all died from toxic fumes.
Julius Mwangi Thuku, who is a step-son to the victim and a member of community policing in the village rushed her to the hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son: Doni Whetstone Jr.; and step-son: Scottie Campbell.
He leaves his daughter, Debra-Jo Stenman and her husband Donald of Auburn; a step-son, Carl Sundell and his wife, Louise of Lubbock, TX; a granddaughter, Jessica R.
The bridegroom is the son of Philip Ewart and step-son of Alison Ewart, of Almondbur y.
He said after the death of her husband, her step-son, Wasim used to mistreat her.
RAWLINS DENISE ANN Denise's husband John and step-son Mark would like to thank all their family, friends and neighbours for their help and support in their time of great sadness and loss.