From foot + step.
- The mark or impression left by a foot; a track.
#:The child watched as his footsteps in the sand were washed away by the waves.
- By extension, the indications or waypoints of a course or direction taken.
#:To walk the footsteps of greatness requires that you start at the bottom of a long stair.
- The sound made by walking, running, etc.
#:The footsteps of the students echoed in the empty hall.
- A step, as in a stair.
#:The garden path had a small footstep down to the main walkway.
- The distance between one foot and the next when walking; a pace.
#:Mere footsteps away from the victim lay the murder weapon.
- The act of taking a step.
#:Take one more footstep towards me, and I'll make you sorry!
- obsolete An inclined plane under a hand printing press.
(mark left by a foot): footprint, step, track
(signs of a course taken): point, path, step, trail
(sound of a footstep): footfall, plod, step, tread
(step, as in a stair): riser, step
(distance of one footstep): pace, step, stride
(act of taking a step): pace, plod, step, stride, tread