footstep

[foot-step]
noun
1.
the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
2.
the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
3.
a footprint.
4.
a step by which to ascend or descend.
Idioms
5.
follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English foote steppe. See foot, step

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footstep (ˈfʊtˌstɛp)
 
n
1.  the action of taking a step in walking
2.  the sound made by stepping or walking
3.  the distance covered with a step; pace
4.  a footmark
5.  a single stair; step
6.  to continue the tradition or example of another

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Word Origin & History

footstep
early 13c., "footprint," from foot + step. Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s.
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Idioms & Phrases

footstep

see follow in someone's footsteps.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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