Definition of in step in English:

in step

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  • 1Putting one's feet forward alternately in the same rhythm as the people one is walking, marching, or dancing with.

    ‘the duo looked comfortable in each other's company, as well as walking in step with each other’
    • ‘At one point, young Erin hurried forward to march in step with the Captain.’
    • ‘Nowadays, players are slouching, walking out of step, and passing around water bottles.’
    • ‘Among the delegates were German veterans and blind ones from France; some of the vets, protesting the political and military madness of the First World War, refused to march in step.’
    • ‘I heard no distinct word as I passed but a few minutes later when they arose, clasped hands and walked away perfectly in step with one another, I breathed a sigh of relief for them.’
    • ‘Walking down the street beside him, you would notice from time to time his nimble little skip as he changed feet to keep in step.’
    • ‘Even the guys who were in the class were in step and in rhythm!’
    • ‘Twenty-one young children from the local schools marched in step, each child carrying a rose.’
    • ‘Many now in their 80s, they marched in step, medals glinting in the sun at the end of a long, hot day.’
    • ‘Protectively placing an arm around his mother's shoulders, Michael walks in step with her to the drawing room.’
    • ‘We headed back up the stairs, then once outside the Media Center, we somehow managed to all start walking side-by-side, in step - it was slightly disturbing.’
    1. 1.1Conforming to what others are doing or thinking.
      ‘people reject traditional dress to keep in step with Bollywood and Hollywood’
      • ‘military leaders have sought to show they are in step with Maduro and the government’
      • ‘The problem with that, of course, is that those opposition parties are out of step with 82 percent of New Zealanders.’
      • ‘The ordinary American continues to be splendidly out of step with the Chattering Classes.’
      • ‘That's where art was heading, so he was a little out of step with the intellectual movement.’
      • ‘For too long Glasgow has been out of step with the rest of Scotland which complies far more readily with copyright law.’
      • ‘If his vanity premiership gets too far out of step with what the party wants, he won't get the chance to serve a full term.’
      • ‘The ethnic make-up of Woolwich will certainly put that shop out of step with the local community.’
      • ‘At present, they are all out of step with the vast majority of British people.’
      • ‘England remained out of step with Europe, at least those countries that were Catholic, for more than 200 years and during that time grew to be the most powerful and commercially prosperous nation on earth.’
      • ‘It has also given the impression that Britain is acting detrimentally to the general European interest and is the only country marching out of step.’
      • ‘Are they going to boot him out of office if he doesn't march in step?’
      in accord, in harmony, in agreement, in tune, in line, in keeping, in conformity, in accordance, in consensus, in consilience
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    2. 1.2Physics (of two or more oscillations, other periodic phenomena, or oscillators) having the same frequency and always in the same phase.
      ‘many oscillations trace out the same pattern but necessarily in step’
      • ‘If they are in step (in phase, the physicists say), then crest coincides constructively with crest, giving maximum mutual reinforcement.’
      • ‘Over time, the quantum waves that accompany the different flavors get out of step, and an electron neutrino seems to morph into a muon neutrino or a tau neutrino and back again.’
      • ‘In that case, when the length of one of the arms changes the tiniest bit, the beams will be more in step and produce some light when combined.’
      • ‘But if the second note is sharpened slightly, say to 445 Hz, a note of some intermediate pitch is heard that pulsates in loudness as the peaks and troughs of the two waves drift in and out of step.’