ETYM Old Eng. pas, French pas, from Latin passus a step, pace, orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; cf. pandere, passum, to spread, stretch; perh. akin to Eng. patent. Related to Pas, Pass.
1. A step in walking or running; SYN. stride, tread.
2. The rate of moving (especially walking or running); SYN. gait.
3. The relative speed of progress or change; SYN. rate.
ETYM as. staepe. Related to Step.
1. A place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; SYN. stair.
2. A short distance.
3. The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down.
Significant progress (especially in the phrase or).
1. The horizontal part of a stair or step.
2. The part (as of a wheel or shoe) that touches the ground.