[ noun ] the sound of a step of someone walking


step footfall


"he heard footsteps on the porch"

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

They 've worried , they 've lain_awake nights , they 've shook at the slightest footstep , they 've pictured their own destruction , and now it 's all over and they can give_up .

(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)

Presently he heard footsteps crossing the yard , and Jess 's smothered curses .

Related terms

sound tramp step

[ noun ] the act of taking a step in walking

Used in print


Khrushchev himself is reported to be concerned by the surge of animosity he has aroused , yet our own nuclear statesmen seem intent_on following compulsively in his footsteps .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

The gentle whir of each footstep left him more naked than before , until he felt his unprotected flesh tremble , chilled by each new sound .

(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)

The sound of his footsteps was like a muffled drum .

Related terms


[ noun ] the distance covered by a step


step pace stride


"he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"

Used in print

(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)

To know God he must follow in Papa 's footsteps .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

Some sort_of nemesis was haunting his footsteps , he told us in a quavering voice - either an ape specter or Abe_Spector , a process_server , we could n't determine which .

There 's some kind_of a nemesis haunting his footsteps '' .