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[foo t-step] /ˈfʊtˌstɛp/
the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
a footprint.
a step by which to ascend or descend.
follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.
Origin of footstep
1175-1225; Middle English foote steppe. See foot, step Unabridged
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Examples from the web for footstep
  • The pressure of a footstep causes it to leap out of the ground and then explode, spraying shrapnel in every direction.
  • She lived downstairs from him and had not heard a noise, not so much as a footstep, in his apartment for two days.
  • Turtles and unseen pond creatures plopped into the water with each footstep.
  • Ray, who looks deliriously smitten, is supposed to keep the beat with each footstep.
  • It takes decades for this fragile volcanic landscape to recover from a single footstep.
  • Unfortunately, it can be killed with one misplaced footstep.
  • Bear trails are a clear path of bear footstep depressions created by bears stepping in the same place as they walk.
  • Hikers unknowingly and unintentionally alter sites in many ways with each footstep.
  • While walking on the fi eld water can be seen or heard with any footstep.
  • From the back last journey of footstep, anyway there have federation at present people.
British Dictionary definitions for footstep


the action of taking a step in walking
the sound made by stepping or walking
the distance covered with a step; pace
a footmark
a single stair; step
to continue the tradition or example of another
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Word Origin and History for footstep

early 13c., "footprint," from foot (n.) + step (n.). Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s. Figurative expression to follow in (someone's) footsteps is from 1540s.

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