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step-up

or step·up

[step-uhp]
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adjective
  1. effecting an increase.
  2. Electricity. serving to increase voltage: a step-up transformer.
  3. (of a lease) allowing for gradual rent increases to the highest amount permissible.
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noun
  1. an increase or rise in the rate or quantity of something.
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Origin of step-up

First recorded in 1890–95; adj., noun use of verb phrase step up
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Related Words for step-up

development, raise, merger, hike, rise, upsurge, expansion, surge, upturn, inflation, gain, increment, boost, escalation, acceleration, advance, ascent, upswing, growth, progress

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Historical Examples of step-up

  • The former is called "step-up" while the latter is a "step-down" transformer.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Barely touched 'em—current something less than a thousandth of a micro-ampere on a million to one step-up.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • It was attached to a step-up transformer that converted the current to 230 volts.

  • The transformation from a relatively low voltage to the high one is effected by means of what is called a step-up transformer.