- 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
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Examples from the Web for footstep
For three years I had been listening to the voice of Hope, and for three years I had waited for a footstep on my threshold.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
You can hear every footstep, which detracts from the experience exponentially.Gal With a Suitcase
February 20, 2011
Here is something like the footstep of one who has worn a shoe; can it be that of our friend?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
"I heard a footstep in the hall, and it was my duty to see who was passing," he said.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He had recognised the footstep while it was yet seventy mtres away.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
But no footstep ever passed the floor immediately below: except his own.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
No sound of footstep was stirring; no sign of human figure in sight.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with footstep
see follow in someone's footsteps.
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