[ noun ] the first of a series of actions


"he memorized all the important chess openings"

Used in print

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

But the Russians use gymnastics as the first_step in training for all other sports because it provides training in every basic quality except one , endurance .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

Of the two , Porter is justly the better_known , for he went far beyond the vital finding of fiction for films to take the first_step toward fashioning a language of film , toward making the motion_picture the intricate , efficient time_machine that it has remained since , even in the most inept hands .

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

Preparation began slightly more than a year after independence with the first_steps to organize rural communes .