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[wuhn-step] /ˈwʌnˌstɛp/
a round dance performed by couples to ragtime.
a piece of music for this dance.
verb (used without object)
to dance the one-step.
Origin of one-step
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Pert" was the mildest term to which Hal reduced his characterization of Miss Pierce, by the time the one-step ended.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A one-step was just over, and the dancers were crowding the foyer.

  • She threw her arms about Ruth and attempted a few turns of the one-step glide.

  • Elderly ladies loved to have him one-step with them and squeeze their elbows.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • There is always much dancing, for the natives are great dancers and were not the last to learn the one-step and hesitation.

  • one-step, fox-trot and a Lulu Fado followed in smooth succession.

    A Man's Hearth Eleanor M. Ingram
  • He clasped her, conscious of her smooth warmth, and solemnly he circled in a heavy version of the one-step.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • By this time he was able to pull through on the one-step and the canter waltz, but his great success was the fox-trot.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • The way a grid leak and vacuum tube detector with a one-step amplifier are connected up is shown at A in Fig. 44.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
British Dictionary definitions for one-step


an early 20th-century ballroom dance with long quick steps, the precursor of the foxtrot
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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