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Step, subst. 1) pace; progression by one advance of the foot: “as if he told the --s,” Ven. 277. “perdition shall attend you s. by s.” Tp. III, 3, 78. “to measure kingdoms with his feeble --s,” Gent. II, 7, 10. “make a pastime of each weary s.” Gent. II, 7, 10 Gent. II, 7, 10 LLL V, 2, 194. LLL V, 2, 194 As II, 7, 130. R2 I, 3, 265. “turn two mincing --s into a manly stride,” Merch. III, 4, 67. Wint. I, 2, 173. R2 I, 3, 290. III, 2, 17. III, 2, 17 V, 1, 91. H8 I, 2, 43 “(front but in that file where others tell --s with me).” Troil. II, 3, 193 “(make).” Mcb. II, 1, 57. Hml. V, 1, 79. Cymb. IV, 2, 215. Per. II, 1, 164.
2) one remove in climbing, a stair, a degree: “they are as children but one s. below,” R3 IV, 4, 301. “you have gone slightly o'er low --s,” H8 II, 4, 112. “the general's disdained by him one s. below,” Troil. I, 3, 130. Troil. I, 3, 130 “that is a s. on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,” Mcb. I, 4, 48. “one s. I have advanced thee,” Lr. V, 3, 28. “as a grise or s.” Oth. I, 3, 200.
3) measure, proceeding, action: “no unchaste action or dishonoured s.” Lr. I, 1, 231. “doth watch Bianca's --s so narrowly,” Shr. III, 2, 141. Plur. --s == path, way (in a moral sense): “fears which attend the --s of wrong,” John IV, 2, 57. “we will untread the --s of damned flight,” V, 4, 52. “vengeance tend upon your --s,” H6B III, 2, 304. “leads discontented --s in foreign soil,” R3 IV, 4, 312. “controller of our private --s,” Tit. II, 3, 60. “followed your sad --s,” Lr. V, 3, 289.
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