Step vs Unit - What's the difference?

step | unit |

As a noun step

is stitch.

As a verb unit is





  • To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
  • To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance.
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  • To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
  • * Home the swain retreats, His flock before him stepping to the fold.
  • (figuratively) To move mentally; to go in imagination.
  • * They are stepping almost three thousand years back into the remotest antiquity. — (Alexander Pope)
  • To set, as the foot.
  • (nautical) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step ; to erect.
  • * 1898 , (Joseph Conrad),
  • We put everything straight, stepped the long-boat's mast for our skipper, who was in charge of her, and I was not sorry to sit down for a moment.

    Derived terms

    * step aside (to walk a little distance from the rest; to retire from company) * step down * step forth (to move or come forth) * step forward * step in/step into * step-in * step out ** (military) To increase the length, but not the rapidity, of the step, extending it to thirty-tree inches ** To go out for a short distance or a short time * step short (military) (to diminish the length or rapidity of the step according to the established rules) * step off (to measure by steps, or paces; hence, to divide, as a space, or to form a series of marks, by successive measurements, as with dividers) * step up


    (en noun)
  • An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
  • *
  • *:Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  • A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder.
  • *Sir (Henry Wotton) (1568-1639)
  • *:The breadth of every single step or stair should be never less than one foot.
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  • A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus.
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  • The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress.
  • :
  • *(Isaac Newton) (1642-1727)
  • *:To derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step in philosophy.
  • A small space or distance.
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  • A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
  • A gait; manner of walking.
  • :
  • *1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Chapter I,
  • *:Warwick passed through one of the wide brick arches and traversed the building with a leisurely step .
  • Proceeding; measure; action; act.
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:The reputation of a man depends on the first steps he makes in the world.
  • *(William Cowper) (1731-1800)
  • *:Beware of desperate steps . The darkest day, Live till to-morrow, will have passed away.
  • *(George Washington Cable) (1844-1925)
  • *:I have lately taken steps to relieve the old gentleman's distresses.
  • (lb) A walk; passage.
  • *(John Dryden)
  • *:Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree.
  • (lb) A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.
  • (lb) A framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.
  • (lb) One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.
  • (lb) A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
  • (lb) The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.
  • :Usage note: The word tone is often used as the name of this interval; but there is evident incongruity in using tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the word scale is derived from the Italian scala , a ladder, the intervals may well be called steps.
  • (lb) A change of position effected by a motion of translation.
  • :(William Kingdon Clifford)
  • Synonyms

    * stride

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "step") * in step * out of step * step by step * stepwise * Back step', ' Half step , etc. See under back, half, etc. * Step grate : a form of grate for holding fuel, in which the bars rise above one another in the manner of steps. * To take steps : to take action; to move in a matter. * one step at a time: slowly and cautiously

    See also

    * step-




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    (en noun)
  • (sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
  • The centimetre is a unit of length.
  • The number one.
  • This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.
  • An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
  • He was a member of a special police unit .
  • (military, informal) A member of a military organization.
  • The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units .'' (''i.e., 20 tanks )
  • (US, military) Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organizationJoint Publication 1-02 U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; 12 April 2001 (As Amended Through 14 April 2006). .
  • (US, military) An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.
  • (US, military) A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued or used. In this meaning, also called unit of issue.
  • (US, military) With regard to Reserve Components of the Armed Forces, denotes a Selected Reserve unit organized, equipped, and trained for mobilization to serve on active duty as a unit or to augment or be augmented by another unit. Headquarters and support functions without wartime missions are not considered units.
  • (algebra) An element of a ring having a multiplicative inverse. (Formerly just the identity element 1R of a ring.)
  • (geology) A volume of rock or ice of identifiable origin and age range that is defined by the distinctive and dominant, easily mapped and recognizable petrographic, lithologic or paleontologic features (facies) that characterize it.
  • (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
  • We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
  • (UK, electricity) One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).
  • (Australia, New Zealand) a measure of housing equivalent to the living quarters of one household, an apartment where a group of apartments is contained in one or more multi-storied buildings or a group of dwellings is in one or more single storey buildings, usually arranged around a driveway.
  • (historical) A gold coin of the reign of James I, worth twenty shillings.
  • (Camden)


    * (identity element) identity element, unit element


  • For each unit.
  • We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
  • (mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.
  • * 1990 , William W. S. Wei, Time Series Analysis , ISBN 0201159112, page 9:
  • Consider the following time sequence
  • *:: Z_t=A\sin(\omega t+\theta),
  • where A is a random variable with a zero mean and a unit variance and \theta is a random variable with a uniform distribution on the interval [-\pi,\pi] independent of A.

    Derived terms

    * construction unit * tractor unit * unit aircraft * unitality * unit cost * unit combat readiness * unit commitment status * unit designation list



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