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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A tread, every footstep of which might have been passing over them, was close at hand.

  • I was very much startled while I sat in my muse to hear a footstep coming.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • I was just falling into a troubled sleep when a footstep on the gallery startled me back to consciousness.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Scarcely had he reached it when he heard a footstep coming along it.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • It was very rare for a footstep, except on Sundays, to cross that lovely spot.

  • His boot, they had said, fitted a footstep which had been found in the mud in the farm-yard.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • There wasn't a sound now, but she could have sworn she had heard a footstep on the hallway above, or on the upper stairs.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
  • “Here he is, then,” said François, as the footstep of Lucien was heard behind them.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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