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How

how1  (hou),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in what way or manner;
    by what means?: How did the accident happen?
  2. to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car?
  3. in what state or condition?: How are you?
  4. for what reason;
    why?: How can you talk such nonsense?
  5. to what effect;
    with what meaning?: How is one to interpret his action?
  6. what?: How do you mean? If they don't have vanilla, how about chocolate?
  7. (used as an intensifier): How seldom I go there!
  8. by what title or name?: How does one address the president?
  9. at what price: How are the new cars going, cheaper than last year's models?
  10. by what amount or in what measure or quantity?: How do you sell these tomatoes?
  11. in what form or shape?: How does the demon appear in the first act of the opera? How does the medication come?
  12. and how! [Informal.]certainly! you bet!: Am I happy? And how!
  13. Here's how, [Informal.](used as a toast).
  14. how come? [Informal.]how is it that? why?: How come you never visit us anymore?
  15. how so? how does it happen to be so? why?: You haven't any desire to go? How so?

conj. 
  1. the manner or way in which: He couldn't figure out how to solve the problem.
  2. about the manner, condition, or way in which: I don't care how you leave your desk when you go. Be careful how you act.
  3. in whatever manner or way;
    however: You can travel how you please.
  4. that: He told us how he was honest and could be trusted.

n. 
  1. a question concerning the way or manner in which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending whys and hows.
  2. a way or manner of doing something: to consider all the hows and wherefores.
  3. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter H.

To

to (to̅o̅; unstressed tŏŏ, tə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
  2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of;
    toward: from north to south.
  3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
  4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on;
    against;
    beside;
    upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
  5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before;
    until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
  6. (used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention): going to the rescue.
  7. (used for expressing destination or appointed end): sentenced to jail.
  8. (used for expressing agency, result, or consequence): to my dismay; The flowers opened to the sun.
  9. (used for expressing a resulting state or condition): He tore it to pieces.
  10. (used for expressing the object of inclination or desire): They drank to her health.
  11. (used for expressing the object of a right or claim): claimants to an estate.
  12. (used for expressing limit in degree, condition, or amount): wet to the skin; goods amounting to $1000; Tomorrow's high will be 75 to 80°.
  13. (used for expressing addition or accompaniment) with: He added insult to injury. They danced to the music. Where is the top to this box?
  14. (used for expressing attachment or adherence): She held to her opinion.
  15. (used for expressing comparison or opposition): inferior to last year's crop; The score is eight to seven.
  16. (used for expressing agreement or accordance) according to;
    by: a position to one's liking; to the best of my knowledge.
  17. (used for expressing reference, reaction, or relation): What will he say to this?
  18. (used for expressing a relative position): parallel to the roof.
  19. (used for expressing a proportion of number or quantity) in;
    making up: 12 to the dozen; 20 miles to the gallon.
  20. (used for indicating the indirect object of a verb, for connecting a verb with its complement, or for indicating or limiting the application of an adjective, noun, or pronoun): Give it to me. I refer to your work.
  21. (used as the ordinary sign or accompaniment of the infinitive, as in expressing motion, direction, or purpose, in ordinary uses with a substantive object.)
  22. raised to the power indicated: Three to the fourth is 81( 34 = 81).

adv. 
  1. toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.
  2. toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.
  3. toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.
  4. into a state of consciousness;
    out of unconsciousness: after he came to.
  5. to and fro. See  fro (def. 2).

Make

make1  (māk),USA pronunciation v.,  made, mak•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
  2. to produce;
    cause to exist or happen;
    bring about: to make trouble; to make war.
  3. to cause to be or become;
    render: to make someone happy.
  4. to appoint or name: The President made her his special envoy.
  5. to put in the proper condition or state, as for use;
    fix;
    prepare: to make a bed; to make dinner.
  6. to bring into a certain form: to make bricks out of clay.
  7. to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another: to make a virtue of one's vices.
  8. to cause, induce, or compel: to make a horse jump a barrier.
  9. to give rise to;
    occasion: It's not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
  10. to produce, earn, or win for oneself: to make a good salary; to make one's fortune in oil.
  11. to write or compose: to make a short poem for the occasion.
  12. to draw up, as a legal document;
    draft: to make a will.
  13. to do;
    effect: to make a bargain.
  14. to establish or enact;
    put into existence: to make laws.
  15. to become by development;
    prove to be: You'll make a good lawyer.
  16. to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate: to make a decision.
  17. to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often fol. by of ): What do you make of it?
  18. to estimate;
    reckon: to make the distance at ten miles.
  19. to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole;
    compose;
    form: to make a matched set.
  20. to amount to;
    bring up the total to: Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
  21. to serve as: to make good reading.
  22. to be sufficient to constitute: One story does not make a writer.
  23. to be adequate or suitable for: This wool will make a warm sweater.
  24. to assure the success or fortune of: a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
  25. to deliver, utter, or put forth: to make a stirring speech.
  26. to go or travel at a particular speed: to make 60 miles an hour.
  27. to arrive at or reach;
    attain: The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he'll make 80?
  28. to arrive in time for: to make the first show.
  29. to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.): If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
  30. to gain or acquire a position within: He made the big time.
  31. to receive mention or appear in or on: The robbery made the front page.
  32. to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on: The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
  33. to have sexual intercourse with.
  34. [Cards.]
    • to name (the trump).
    • to take a trick with (a card).
    • [Bridge.]to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
    • to shuffle (the cards).
  35. to earn, as a score: The team made 40 points in the first half.
  36. (esp. in police and underworld use)
    • to recognize or identify: Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
    • to charge or cause to be charged with a crime: The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
  37. to close (an electric circuit).
  38. [South Midland and Southern U.S.]to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop): He makes some of the best corn in the country.

v.i. 
  1. to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified: to make sure.
  2. to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually fol. by an adjective): to make merry.
  3. to be made, as specified: This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
  4. to move or proceed in a particular direction: They made after the thief.
  5. to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
  6. [South Midland and Southern U.S.](of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature: It looks like the corn's going to make pretty good this year.
  7. make a play for, to try to get: He made a play for his brother's girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company's stock.
  8. make as if or  as though, [Informal.]to act as if;
    pretend: We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
  9. make away with: 
    • to steal: The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
    • to destroy;
      kill: He made away with his enemies.
    • to get rid of.
    • to consume, drink, or eat completely: The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
  10. make believe, to pretend;
    imagine: The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
  11. make bold or  so bold, to have the temerity;
    be so rash;
    dare: May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
  12. make book, [Slang.]
    • to take bets and give odds.
    • to make a business of this.
  13. make colors, to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
  14. make do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements: During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
  15. make down, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to rain or snow: It's making down hard.
  16. make fast, [Chiefly Naut.]to fasten or secure.
  17. make for: 
    • to go toward;
      approach: to make for home.
    • to lunge at;
      attack.
    • to help to promote or maintain: This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
  18. make good: 
    • to provide restitution or reparation for: The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
    • to succeed: Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
    • to fulfill: He made good on his promise.
    • [Navig.]to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
  19. make heavy weather: 
    • to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
    • to progress laboriously;
      struggle, esp. to struggle needlessly: I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
  20. make it: 
    • to achieve a specific goal: to make it to the train; to make it through college.
    • to succeed in general: He'll never make it in business.
    • to have sexual intercourse.
  21. make it so, strike the ship's bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
  22. make like, [Informal.]to try or pretend to be like;
    imitate: I'm going to go out and make like a gardener.
  23. make off: 
    • to run away;
      depart hastily: The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
    • [Naut.]to stand off from a coast, esp. a lee shore.
  24. make off with, to carry away;
    steal: While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
  25. make on, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn on, light, or ignite (esp. a light or fire): Make the light on.
  26. make one's manners, [Southern U.S.]
    • to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
    • [Older Use.]to bow or curtsy.
  27. make out: 
    • to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
    • to establish;
      prove.
    • to decipher;
      discern.
    • to imply, suggest, or impute: He made me out to be a liar.
    • to manage;
      succeed: How are you making out in your new job?
    • to engage in kissing and caressing;
      neck.
    • to have sexual intercourse.
    • [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn off or extinguish (esp. a light or fire): Make the light out.
  28. make over: 
    • to remodel;
      alter: to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
    • to transfer the title of (property);
      convey: After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
  29. make sail, [Naut.]
    • to set sails.
    • to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
  30. make shut, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to close: Make the door shut.
  31. make time. See  time (def. 42).
  32. make up: 
    • (of parts) to constitute;
      compose;
      form.
    • to put together;
      construct;
      compile.
    • to concoct;
      invent.
    • Also,  make up for. to compensate for;
      make good.
    • to complete.
    • to put in order;
      arrange: The maid will make up the room.
    • to conclude;
      decide.
    • to settle amicably, as differences.
    • to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
    • [Print.]to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
    • to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
    • to apply cosmetics.
    • to adjust or balance, as accounts;
      prepare, as statements.
    • to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
    • to take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
    • to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
    • Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather: It's making up for a storm.
    • Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent: If the sea makes up, row toward land.
  33. make up to: 
    • to try to become friendly with;
      fawn on.
    • to make advances to;
      flirt with: He makes up to every new woman in the office.
  34. make water: 
    • to urinate.
    • (of a hull) to leak.
  35. make with: 
    • to operate;
      use: Let's make with the feet.
    • to bring about;
      provide or produce: He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.

n. 
  1. the style or manner in which something is made;
    form;
    build.
  2. production with reference to the maker;
    brand: our own make.
  3. disposition;
    character;
    nature.
  4. the act or process of making.
  5. quantity made;
    output.
  6. [Cards.]the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
  7. [Elect.]the closing of an electric circuit.
  8. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
  9. identifying information about a person or thing from police records: He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
  10. on the make: 
    • seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
    • increasing;
      advancing.
    • seeking amorous or sexual relations: The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
  11. put the make on, [Slang.]to make sexual overtures to.
maka•ble, adj. 

Curtains

cur•tain (kûrtn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a hanging piece of fabric used to shut out the light from a window, adorn a room, increase privacy, etc.
  2. a movable or folding screen used for similar purposes.
  3. [Chiefly New Eng.]a window shade.
  4. [Theat.]
    • a set of hanging drapery for concealing all or part of the stage or set from the view of the audience.
    • the act or time of raising or opening a curtain at the start of a performance: an 8:30 curtain.
    • the end of a scene or act indicated by the closing or falling of a curtain: first-act curtain.
    • an effect, line, or plot solution at the conclusion of a performance: a strong curtain; weak curtain.
    • music signaling the end of a radio or television performance.
    • (used as a direction in a script of a play to indicate that a scene or act is concluded.)
  5. anything that shuts off, covers, or conceals: a curtain of artillery fire.
  6. a relatively flat or featureless extent of wall between two pavilions or the like.
  7. [Fort.]the part of a wall or rampart connecting two bastions, towers, or the like.
  8. curtains, the end;
    death, esp. by violence: It looked like curtains for another mobster.
  9. draw the curtain on or  over: 
    • to bring to a close: to draw the curtain on a long career of public service.
    • to keep secret.
  10. lift the curtain on: 
    • to commence;
      start.
    • to make known or public;
      disclose: to lift the curtain on a new scientific discovery.

v.t. 
  1. to provide, shut off, conceal, or adorn with, or as if with, a curtain.
curtain•less, adj. 

Lined

line1  (līn),USA pronunciation n., v.,  lined, lin•ing. 
n. 
  1. a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface: a line down the middle of the page.
  2. a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness;
    the trace of a moving point.
  3. something arranged along a line, esp. a straight line;
    a row or series: a line of trees.
  4. a number of persons standing one behind the other and waiting their turns at or for something;
    queue.
  5. something resembling a traced line, as a band of color, a seam, or a furrow: lines of stratification in rock.
  6. a furrow or wrinkle on the face, neck, etc.: lines around the eyes.
  7. an indication of demarcation;
    boundary;
    limit: the county line; a fine line between right and wrong.
  8. a row of written or printed letters, words, etc.: a page of 30 lines.
  9. a verse of poetry: A line in iambic pentameter contains five feet.
  10. Usually,  lines. the words of an actor's part in a drama, musical comedy, etc.: to rehearse one's lines.
  11. a short written message: Drop me a line when you're on vacation.
  12. a system of public conveyances, as buses or trains, plying regularly over a fixed route: the northbound line at State Street.
  13. a transportation or conveyance company: a steamship line.
  14. a course of direction;
    route: the line of march down Main Street.
  15. a course of action, procedure, thought, policy, etc.: That newspaper follows the communist line.
  16. a piece of pertinent or useful information (usually fol. by on): I've got a line on a good used car.
  17. a series of generations of persons, animals, or plants descended from a common ancestor: a line of kings.
  18. a department of activity;
    occupation or business: What line are you in?
  19. a mode of conversation, esp. one that is glib or exaggerated in order to impress or influence another person: He really handed her a line about his rich relatives.
  20. a straight line drawn from an observed object to the fovea of the eye.
  21. lines: 
    • the outer form or proportions of a ship, building, etc.: a ship of fine lines.
    • a general form, as of an event or something that is made, which may be the basis of comparison, imitation, etc.: two books written along the same lines.
    • a person's lot or portion: to endure the hard lines of poverty.
    • [Chiefly Brit.]a certificate of marriage.
  22. a circle of the terrestrial or celestial sphere: the equinoctial line.
  23. banner (def. 7).
    • a mark made by a pencil, brush, or the like, that defines the contour of a shape, forms hatching, etc.
    • the edge of a shape.
  24. [Television.]one scanning line.
    • a telephone connection: Please hold the line.
    • a wire circuit connecting two or more pieces of electric apparatus, esp. the wire or wires connecting points or stations in a telegraph or telephone system, or the system itself.
  25. the line, the equator.
  26. a stock of commercial goods of the same general class but having a range of styles, sizes, prices, or quality: the company's line of shoes.
  27. an assembly line.
  28. a limit defining one estate from another;
    the outline or boundary of a piece of real estate.
  29. [Bridge.]a line on a score sheet that separates points scored toward game(below the line) from points scored by setting a contract, having honors, etc.(above the line). 
  30. [Music.]any of the straight, horizontal, parallel strokes of the staff, or one placed above or below the staff.
    • a defensive position or front.
    • a series of fortifications: the Maginot line.
    • Usually,  lines. a distribution of troops, sentries, etc., for the defense of a position or for an attack: behind the enemy's lines.
    • the body of personnel constituting the combatant forces of an army, as distinguished from the supply services and staff corps.
  31. an arrangement of troops of an army or of ships of a fleet as drawn up for battle: line of battle.
  32. a body or formation of troops or ships drawn up abreast (distinguished from column).
  33. the class of officers serving with combatant units or warships.
  34. the regular forces of an army or navy.
  35. that part of an administrative organization consisting of persons actively engaged on a given project. Cf. staff1 (def. 4).
  36. a thread, string, cord, rope, or the like.
  37. a clothesline: the wash hanging on the line.
  38. a cord, wire, or the like, used for measuring or as a guide.
  39. [Naut.]
    • a pipe or hose: a steam line.
    • a rope or cable used at sea.
  40. a small quantity of cocaine arranged in the form of a slender thread or line, as for sniffing.
  41. Also,  ligne. a unit, &fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    40&fracend;
    inch (0.635 millimeter), for measuring the diameter of buttons.
  42. [Angling.]a length of nylon, silk, linen, cord, or the like, to which are attached the leader, hook, sinker, float, etc.
  43. [Football.]
    • either of the two front rows of opposing players lined up opposite each other on the line of scrimmage: a four-man line.
    • See  line of scrimmage. 
  44. the betting odds established by bookmakers for events not covered by pari-mutuel betting, esp. sporting events, as football or basketball.
  45. [Ice Hockey.]the two wings and center who make up a team's offensive unit.
  46. [Fencing.]any of the four divisions of the portion of a fencer's body on which a touch can be scored, taken as an area of attack or defense.
  47. the longer and preferred flax or hemp fibers. Cf. tow2 (def. 2).
  48. [Fox Hunting.]the trail of scent left by a fox.
  49. a unit of length equivalent to &fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    12&fracend;
    inch (2.12 millimeters).
  50. [Insurance.]
    • a class or type of insurance: casualty line.
    • the amount of insurance written for a particular risk.
  51. [Australian Slang.]a girl or woman.
  52. bring, come, or  get into line: 
    • to become or cause to become straight, as in a row: The members of the marching band got into line.
    • to conform or cause to conform or agree: They were persuaded to come into line with the party's policy.
  53. down the line: 
    • in all ways;
      thoroughly;
      fully: It's a fine house right down the line—well-built, roomy, attractive.
    • in the future.
  54. draw the line, to impose a restriction;
    limit: They might exaggerate but would draw the line at outright lying.
  55. go up in one's lines, [U.S.]Theat. to forget one's part during a performance. Also,[Brit.,] go up on one's lines. 
  56. hold the line, to maintain the status quo, esp. in order to forestall unfavorable developments: We're trying to hold the line on prices.
  57. in line: 
    • in alignment;
      straight.
    • in conformity or agreement.
    • in control (of one's conduct): to keep one's temper in line.
    • prepared;
      ready.
    • waiting one behind the other in a queue: There were eight people in line at the teller's window.
  58. in line with, in agreement or conformity with: The action taken was in line with her decision.
  59. in the line of duty, in the execution of the duties belonging to some occupation, esp. with regard to the responsibility for life and death: a policeman wounded in the line of duty.Also,  in line of duty. 
  60. lay it on the line: 
    • to give money;
      pay.
    • to give the required information;
      speak directly or frankly: I'm going to stop being polite and lay it on the line.
  61. off line: 
    • occurring or functioning away from an assembly line, work process, etc.
    • not in operation;
      not functioning.
  62. on a line, [Baseball.](of a batted or thrown ball) through the air in an approximately straight line from the point of impact or delivery: hit on a line between third and short; thrown in on a line from the center fielder.
  63. on line: 
    • on or part of an assembly line: Production will be improved when the new welding equipment is on line.
    • in or into operation: The manufacturing facilities will be on line before November.
    • [Computers.]actively linked to a computer: The printer is not yet on line.
    • [Chiefly New York City.]See  line 1 (def. 60e).
  64. on the line: 
    • being risked or put in jeopardy;
      in a vulnerable position: Our prestige and honor are on the line.
    • immediately;
      readily: paid cash on the line.
  65. out of line: 
    • not in a straight line.
    • in disagreement with what is accepted or practiced.
    • [Informal.]impertinent;
      presumptuous: That last remark was out of line.
  66. read between the lines, to understand the unexpressed but implied meaning of something said or written: Her letter sounded cheerful enough, but I read a certain sadness between the lines.
  67. toe the line or  mark: 
    • to conform strictly to a rule, command, etc.
    • to shoulder responsibilities;
      do one's duty: He tried hard to toe the line on the new job.

v.i. 
  1. to take a position in a line;
    range (often fol. by up): to line up before the start of a parade.
  2. [Baseball.]
    • to hit a line drive.
    • to line out.

v.t. 
  1. to bring into a line, or into line with others (often fol. by up): to line up troops.
  2. to mark with a line or lines: to line paper for writing.
  3. to sketch verbally or in writing;
    outline (often fol. by out): We followed the plan he had lined out.
  4. to arrange a line along: to line a coast with colonies.
  5. to form a line along: Rocks lined the drive.
  6. to apply liner to (the eyes).
  7. to delineate with or as if with lines;
    draw: to line the silhouette of a person's head.
  8. [Archaic.]to measure or test with a line.
  9. line out: 
    • [Baseball.]to be put out by hitting a line drive caught on the fly by a player of the opposing team.
    • to execute or perform: He lined out a few songs upon request.
  10. line up, to secure;
    make available: to line up support; to line up a speaker for the banquet.
lina•ble, linea•ble, adj. 
lineless, adj. 
linelike′, adj. 

Amazing

a•maz•ing (ə māzing),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. causing great surprise or sudden wonder.
a•mazing•ly, adv. 

Ideas

i•de•a (ī dēə, ī dēə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
  2. a thought, conception, or notion: That is an excellent idea.
  3. an impression: He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
  4. an opinion, view, or belief: His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
  5. a plan of action;
    an intention: the idea of becoming an engineer.
  6. a groundless supposition;
    fantasy.
    • a concept developed by the mind.
    • a conception of what is desirable or ought to be;
      ideal.
    • (cap.) [Platonism.]Also called  form. an archetype or pattern of which the individual objects in any natural class are imperfect copies and from which they derive their being.
    • [Kantianism.]See  idea of pure reason. 
  7. a theme, phrase, or figure.
  8. [Obs.]
    • a likeness.
    • a mental image.
i•dea•less, adj. 

How

how1  (hou),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. in what way or manner;
    by what means?: How did the accident happen?
  2. to what extent, degree, etc.?: How damaged is the car?
  3. in what state or condition?: How are you?
  4. for what reason;
    why?: How can you talk such nonsense?
  5. to what effect;
    with what meaning?: How is one to interpret his action?
  6. what?: How do you mean? If they don't have vanilla, how about chocolate?
  7. (used as an intensifier): How seldom I go there!
  8. by what title or name?: How does one address the president?
  9. at what price: How are the new cars going, cheaper than last year's models?
  10. by what amount or in what measure or quantity?: How do you sell these tomatoes?
  11. in what form or shape?: How does the demon appear in the first act of the opera? How does the medication come?
  12. and how! [Informal.]certainly! you bet!: Am I happy? And how!
  13. Here's how, [Informal.](used as a toast).
  14. how come? [Informal.]how is it that? why?: How come you never visit us anymore?
  15. how so? how does it happen to be so? why?: You haven't any desire to go? How so?

conj. 
  1. the manner or way in which: He couldn't figure out how to solve the problem.
  2. about the manner, condition, or way in which: I don't care how you leave your desk when you go. Be careful how you act.
  3. in whatever manner or way;
    however: You can travel how you please.
  4. that: He told us how he was honest and could be trusted.

n. 
  1. a question concerning the way or manner in which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending whys and hows.
  2. a way or manner of doing something: to consider all the hows and wherefores.
  3. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter H.

To

to (to̅o̅; unstressed tŏŏ, tə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
  2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of;
    toward: from north to south.
  3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.
  4. (used for expressing contact or contiguity) on;
    against;
    beside;
    upon: a right uppercut to the jaw; Apply varnish to the surface.
  5. (used for expressing a point of limit in time) before;
    until: to this day; It is ten minutes to six. We work from nine to five.
  6. (used for expressing aim, purpose, or intention): going to the rescue.
  7. (used for expressing destination or appointed end): sentenced to jail.
  8. (used for expressing agency, result, or consequence): to my dismay; The flowers opened to the sun.
  9. (used for expressing a resulting state or condition): He tore it to pieces.
  10. (used for expressing the object of inclination or desire): They drank to her health.
  11. (used for expressing the object of a right or claim): claimants to an estate.
  12. (used for expressing limit in degree, condition, or amount): wet to the skin; goods amounting to $1000; Tomorrow's high will be 75 to 80°.
  13. (used for expressing addition or accompaniment) with: He added insult to injury. They danced to the music. Where is the top to this box?
  14. (used for expressing attachment or adherence): She held to her opinion.
  15. (used for expressing comparison or opposition): inferior to last year's crop; The score is eight to seven.
  16. (used for expressing agreement or accordance) according to;
    by: a position to one's liking; to the best of my knowledge.
  17. (used for expressing reference, reaction, or relation): What will he say to this?
  18. (used for expressing a relative position): parallel to the roof.
  19. (used for expressing a proportion of number or quantity) in;
    making up: 12 to the dozen; 20 miles to the gallon.
  20. (used for indicating the indirect object of a verb, for connecting a verb with its complement, or for indicating or limiting the application of an adjective, noun, or pronoun): Give it to me. I refer to your work.
  21. (used as the ordinary sign or accompaniment of the infinitive, as in expressing motion, direction, or purpose, in ordinary uses with a substantive object.)
  22. raised to the power indicated: Three to the fourth is 81( 34 = 81).

adv. 
  1. toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.
  2. toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.
  3. toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.
  4. into a state of consciousness;
    out of unconsciousness: after he came to.
  5. to and fro. See  fro (def. 2).

Make

make1  (māk),USA pronunciation v.,  made, mak•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
  2. to produce;
    cause to exist or happen;
    bring about: to make trouble; to make war.
  3. to cause to be or become;
    render: to make someone happy.
  4. to appoint or name: The President made her his special envoy.
  5. to put in the proper condition or state, as for use;
    fix;
    prepare: to make a bed; to make dinner.
  6. to bring into a certain form: to make bricks out of clay.
  7. to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another: to make a virtue of one's vices.
  8. to cause, induce, or compel: to make a horse jump a barrier.
  9. to give rise to;
    occasion: It's not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
  10. to produce, earn, or win for oneself: to make a good salary; to make one's fortune in oil.
  11. to write or compose: to make a short poem for the occasion.
  12. to draw up, as a legal document;
    draft: to make a will.
  13. to do;
    effect: to make a bargain.
  14. to establish or enact;
    put into existence: to make laws.
  15. to become by development;
    prove to be: You'll make a good lawyer.
  16. to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate: to make a decision.
  17. to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often fol. by of ): What do you make of it?
  18. to estimate;
    reckon: to make the distance at ten miles.
  19. to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole;
    compose;
    form: to make a matched set.
  20. to amount to;
    bring up the total to: Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
  21. to serve as: to make good reading.
  22. to be sufficient to constitute: One story does not make a writer.
  23. to be adequate or suitable for: This wool will make a warm sweater.
  24. to assure the success or fortune of: a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
  25. to deliver, utter, or put forth: to make a stirring speech.
  26. to go or travel at a particular speed: to make 60 miles an hour.
  27. to arrive at or reach;
    attain: The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he'll make 80?
  28. to arrive in time for: to make the first show.
  29. to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.): If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
  30. to gain or acquire a position within: He made the big time.
  31. to receive mention or appear in or on: The robbery made the front page.
  32. to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on: The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
  33. to have sexual intercourse with.
  34. [Cards.]
    • to name (the trump).
    • to take a trick with (a card).
    • [Bridge.]to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
    • to shuffle (the cards).
  35. to earn, as a score: The team made 40 points in the first half.
  36. (esp. in police and underworld use)
    • to recognize or identify: Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
    • to charge or cause to be charged with a crime: The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
  37. to close (an electric circuit).
  38. [South Midland and Southern U.S.]to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop): He makes some of the best corn in the country.

v.i. 
  1. to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified: to make sure.
  2. to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually fol. by an adjective): to make merry.
  3. to be made, as specified: This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
  4. to move or proceed in a particular direction: They made after the thief.
  5. to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
  6. [South Midland and Southern U.S.](of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature: It looks like the corn's going to make pretty good this year.
  7. make a play for, to try to get: He made a play for his brother's girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company's stock.
  8. make as if or  as though, [Informal.]to act as if;
    pretend: We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
  9. make away with: 
    • to steal: The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
    • to destroy;
      kill: He made away with his enemies.
    • to get rid of.
    • to consume, drink, or eat completely: The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
  10. make believe, to pretend;
    imagine: The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
  11. make bold or  so bold, to have the temerity;
    be so rash;
    dare: May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
  12. make book, [Slang.]
    • to take bets and give odds.
    • to make a business of this.
  13. make colors, to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
  14. make do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements: During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
  15. make down, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to rain or snow: It's making down hard.
  16. make fast, [Chiefly Naut.]to fasten or secure.
  17. make for: 
    • to go toward;
      approach: to make for home.
    • to lunge at;
      attack.
    • to help to promote or maintain: This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
  18. make good: 
    • to provide restitution or reparation for: The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
    • to succeed: Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
    • to fulfill: He made good on his promise.
    • [Navig.]to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
  19. make heavy weather: 
    • to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
    • to progress laboriously;
      struggle, esp. to struggle needlessly: I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
  20. make it: 
    • to achieve a specific goal: to make it to the train; to make it through college.
    • to succeed in general: He'll never make it in business.
    • to have sexual intercourse.
  21. make it so, strike the ship's bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
  22. make like, [Informal.]to try or pretend to be like;
    imitate: I'm going to go out and make like a gardener.
  23. make off: 
    • to run away;
      depart hastily: The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
    • [Naut.]to stand off from a coast, esp. a lee shore.
  24. make off with, to carry away;
    steal: While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
  25. make on, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn on, light, or ignite (esp. a light or fire): Make the light on.
  26. make one's manners, [Southern U.S.]
    • to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
    • [Older Use.]to bow or curtsy.
  27. make out: 
    • to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
    • to establish;
      prove.
    • to decipher;
      discern.
    • to imply, suggest, or impute: He made me out to be a liar.
    • to manage;
      succeed: How are you making out in your new job?
    • to engage in kissing and caressing;
      neck.
    • to have sexual intercourse.
    • [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to turn off or extinguish (esp. a light or fire): Make the light out.
  28. make over: 
    • to remodel;
      alter: to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
    • to transfer the title of (property);
      convey: After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
  29. make sail, [Naut.]
    • to set sails.
    • to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
  30. make shut, [Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]to close: Make the door shut.
  31. make time. See  time (def. 42).
  32. make up: 
    • (of parts) to constitute;
      compose;
      form.
    • to put together;
      construct;
      compile.
    • to concoct;
      invent.
    • Also,  make up for. to compensate for;
      make good.
    • to complete.
    • to put in order;
      arrange: The maid will make up the room.
    • to conclude;
      decide.
    • to settle amicably, as differences.
    • to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
    • [Print.]to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
    • to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
    • to apply cosmetics.
    • to adjust or balance, as accounts;
      prepare, as statements.
    • to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
    • to take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
    • to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
    • Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather: It's making up for a storm.
    • Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent: If the sea makes up, row toward land.
  33. make up to: 
    • to try to become friendly with;
      fawn on.
    • to make advances to;
      flirt with: He makes up to every new woman in the office.
  34. make water: 
    • to urinate.
    • (of a hull) to leak.
  35. make with: 
    • to operate;
      use: Let's make with the feet.
    • to bring about;
      provide or produce: He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.

n. 
  1. the style or manner in which something is made;
    form;
    build.
  2. production with reference to the maker;
    brand: our own make.
  3. disposition;
    character;
    nature.
  4. the act or process of making.
  5. quantity made;
    output.
  6. [Cards.]the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
  7. [Elect.]the closing of an electric circuit.
  8. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
  9. identifying information about a person or thing from police records: He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
  10. on the make: 
    • seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
    • increasing;
      advancing.
    • seeking amorous or sexual relations: The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
  11. put the make on, [Slang.]to make sexual overtures to.
maka•ble, adj. 

Lined

line1  (līn),USA pronunciation n., v.,  lined, lin•ing. 
n. 
  1. a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface: a line down the middle of the page.
  2. a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness;
    the trace of a moving point.
  3. something arranged along a line, esp. a straight line;
    a row or series: a line of trees.
  4. a number of persons standing one behind the other and waiting their turns at or for something;
    queue.
  5. something resembling a traced line, as a band of color, a seam, or a furrow: lines of stratification in rock.
  6. a furrow or wrinkle on the face, neck, etc.: lines around the eyes.
  7. an indication of demarcation;
    boundary;
    limit: the county line; a fine line between right and wrong.
  8. a row of written or printed letters, words, etc.: a page of 30 lines.
  9. a verse of poetry: A line in iambic pentameter contains five feet.
  10. Usually,  lines. the words of an actor's part in a drama, musical comedy, etc.: to rehearse one's lines.
  11. a short written message: Drop me a line when you're on vacation.
  12. a system of public conveyances, as buses or trains, plying regularly over a fixed route: the northbound line at State Street.
  13. a transportation or conveyance company: a steamship line.
  14. a course of direction;
    route: the line of march down Main Street.
  15. a course of action, procedure, thought, policy, etc.: That newspaper follows the communist line.
  16. a piece of pertinent or useful information (usually fol. by on): I've got a line on a good used car.
  17. a series of generations of persons, animals, or plants descended from a common ancestor: a line of kings.
  18. a department of activity;
    occupation or business: What line are you in?
  19. a mode of conversation, esp. one that is glib or exaggerated in order to impress or influence another person: He really handed her a line about his rich relatives.
  20. a straight line drawn from an observed object to the fovea of the eye.
  21. lines: 
    • the outer form or proportions of a ship, building, etc.: a ship of fine lines.
    • a general form, as of an event or something that is made, which may be the basis of comparison, imitation, etc.: two books written along the same lines.
    • a person's lot or portion: to endure the hard lines of poverty.
    • [Chiefly Brit.]a certificate of marriage.
  22. a circle of the terrestrial or celestial sphere: the equinoctial line.
  23. banner (def. 7).
    • a mark made by a pencil, brush, or the like, that defines the contour of a shape, forms hatching, etc.
    • the edge of a shape.
  24. [Television.]one scanning line.
    • a telephone connection: Please hold the line.
    • a wire circuit connecting two or more pieces of electric apparatus, esp. the wire or wires connecting points or stations in a telegraph or telephone system, or the system itself.
  25. the line, the equator.
  26. a stock of commercial goods of the same general class but having a range of styles, sizes, prices, or quality: the company's line of shoes.
  27. an assembly line.
  28. a limit defining one estate from another;
    the outline or boundary of a piece of real estate.
  29. [Bridge.]a line on a score sheet that separates points scored toward game(below the line) from points scored by setting a contract, having honors, etc.(above the line). 
  30. [Music.]any of the straight, horizontal, parallel strokes of the staff, or one placed above or below the staff.
    • a defensive position or front.
    • a series of fortifications: the Maginot line.
    • Usually,  lines. a distribution of troops, sentries, etc., for the defense of a position or for an attack: behind the enemy's lines.
    • the body of personnel constituting the combatant forces of an army, as distinguished from the supply services and staff corps.
  31. an arrangement of troops of an army or of ships of a fleet as drawn up for battle: line of battle.
  32. a body or formation of troops or ships drawn up abreast (distinguished from column).
  33. the class of officers serving with combatant units or warships.
  34. the regular forces of an army or navy.
  35. that part of an administrative organization consisting of persons actively engaged on a given project. Cf. staff1 (def. 4).
  36. a thread, string, cord, rope, or the like.
  37. a clothesline: the wash hanging on the line.
  38. a cord, wire, or the like, used for measuring or as a guide.
  39. [Naut.]
    • a pipe or hose: a steam line.
    • a rope or cable used at sea.
  40. a small quantity of cocaine arranged in the form of a slender thread or line, as for sniffing.
  41. Also,  ligne. a unit, &fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    40&fracend;
    inch (0.635 millimeter), for measuring the diameter of buttons.
  42. [Angling.]a length of nylon, silk, linen, cord, or the like, to which are attached the leader, hook, sinker, float, etc.
  43. [Football.]
    • either of the two front rows of opposing players lined up opposite each other on the line of scrimmage: a four-man line.
    • See  line of scrimmage. 
  44. the betting odds established by bookmakers for events not covered by pari-mutuel betting, esp. sporting events, as football or basketball.
  45. [Ice Hockey.]the two wings and center who make up a team's offensive unit.
  46. [Fencing.]any of the four divisions of the portion of a fencer's body on which a touch can be scored, taken as an area of attack or defense.
  47. the longer and preferred flax or hemp fibers. Cf. tow2 (def. 2).
  48. [Fox Hunting.]the trail of scent left by a fox.
  49. a unit of length equivalent to &fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    12&fracend;
    inch (2.12 millimeters).
  50. [Insurance.]
    • a class or type of insurance: casualty line.
    • the amount of insurance written for a particular risk.
  51. [Australian Slang.]a girl or woman.
  52. bring, come, or  get into line: 
    • to become or cause to become straight, as in a row: The members of the marching band got into line.
    • to conform or cause to conform or agree: They were persuaded to come into line with the party's policy.
  53. down the line: 
    • in all ways;
      thoroughly;
      fully: It's a fine house right down the line—well-built, roomy, attractive.
    • in the future.
  54. draw the line, to impose a restriction;
    limit: They might exaggerate but would draw the line at outright lying.
  55. go up in one's lines, [U.S.]Theat. to forget one's part during a performance. Also,[Brit.,] go up on one's lines. 
  56. hold the line, to maintain the status quo, esp. in order to forestall unfavorable developments: We're trying to hold the line on prices.
  57. in line: 
    • in alignment;
      straight.
    • in conformity or agreement.
    • in control (of one's conduct): to keep one's temper in line.
    • prepared;
      ready.
    • waiting one behind the other in a queue: There were eight people in line at the teller's window.
  58. in line with, in agreement or conformity with: The action taken was in line with her decision.
  59. in the line of duty, in the execution of the duties belonging to some occupation, esp. with regard to the responsibility for life and death: a policeman wounded in the line of duty.Also,  in line of duty. 
  60. lay it on the line: 
    • to give money;
      pay.
    • to give the required information;
      speak directly or frankly: I'm going to stop being polite and lay it on the line.
  61. off line: 
    • occurring or functioning away from an assembly line, work process, etc.
    • not in operation;
      not functioning.
  62. on a line, [Baseball.](of a batted or thrown ball) through the air in an approximately straight line from the point of impact or delivery: hit on a line between third and short; thrown in on a line from the center fielder.
  63. on line: 
    • on or part of an assembly line: Production will be improved when the new welding equipment is on line.
    • in or into operation: The manufacturing facilities will be on line before November.
    • [Computers.]actively linked to a computer: The printer is not yet on line.
    • [Chiefly New York City.]See  line 1 (def. 60e).
  64. on the line: 
    • being risked or put in jeopardy;
      in a vulnerable position: Our prestige and honor are on the line.
    • immediately;
      readily: paid cash on the line.
  65. out of line: 
    • not in a straight line.
    • in disagreement with what is accepted or practiced.
    • [Informal.]impertinent;
      presumptuous: That last remark was out of line.
  66. read between the lines, to understand the unexpressed but implied meaning of something said or written: Her letter sounded cheerful enough, but I read a certain sadness between the lines.
  67. toe the line or  mark: 
    • to conform strictly to a rule, command, etc.
    • to shoulder responsibilities;
      do one's duty: He tried hard to toe the line on the new job.

v.i. 
  1. to take a position in a line;
    range (often fol. by up): to line up before the start of a parade.
  2. [Baseball.]
    • to hit a line drive.
    • to line out.

v.t. 
  1. to bring into a line, or into line with others (often fol. by up): to line up troops.
  2. to mark with a line or lines: to line paper for writing.
  3. to sketch verbally or in writing;
    outline (often fol. by out): We followed the plan he had lined out.
  4. to arrange a line along: to line a coast with colonies.
  5. to form a line along: Rocks lined the drive.
  6. to apply liner to (the eyes).
  7. to delineate with or as if with lines;
    draw: to line the silhouette of a person's head.
  8. [Archaic.]to measure or test with a line.
  9. line out: 
    • [Baseball.]to be put out by hitting a line drive caught on the fly by a player of the opposing team.
    • to execute or perform: He lined out a few songs upon request.
  10. line up, to secure;
    make available: to line up support; to line up a speaker for the banquet.
lina•ble, linea•ble, adj. 
lineless, adj. 
linelike′, adj. 

Curtains

cur•tain (kûrtn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a hanging piece of fabric used to shut out the light from a window, adorn a room, increase privacy, etc.
  2. a movable or folding screen used for similar purposes.
  3. [Chiefly New Eng.]a window shade.
  4. [Theat.]
    • a set of hanging drapery for concealing all or part of the stage or set from the view of the audience.
    • the act or time of raising or opening a curtain at the start of a performance: an 8:30 curtain.
    • the end of a scene or act indicated by the closing or falling of a curtain: first-act curtain.
    • an effect, line, or plot solution at the conclusion of a performance: a strong curtain; weak curtain.
    • music signaling the end of a radio or television performance.
    • (used as a direction in a script of a play to indicate that a scene or act is concluded.)
  5. anything that shuts off, covers, or conceals: a curtain of artillery fire.
  6. a relatively flat or featureless extent of wall between two pavilions or the like.
  7. [Fort.]the part of a wall or rampart connecting two bastions, towers, or the like.
  8. curtains, the end;
    death, esp. by violence: It looked like curtains for another mobster.
  9. draw the curtain on or  over: 
    • to bring to a close: to draw the curtain on a long career of public service.
    • to keep secret.
  10. lift the curtain on: 
    • to commence;
      start.
    • to make known or public;
      disclose: to lift the curtain on a new scientific discovery.

v.t. 
  1. to provide, shut off, conceal, or adorn with, or as if with, a curtain.
curtain•less, adj. 

Step

step (step),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  stepped, step•ping. 

n. 
  1. a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the weight of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking, running, or dancing.
  2. such a movement followed by a movement of equal distance of the other foot: The soldier took one step forward and stood at attention.
  3. the space passed over or the distance measured by one such movement of the foot.
  4. the sound made by the foot in making such a movement.
  5. a mark or impression made by the foot on the ground;
    footprint.
  6. the manner of walking;
    gait;
    stride.
  7. pace in marching: double-quick step.
  8. a pace uniform with that of another or others, or in time with music.
  9. steps, movements or course in walking or running: to retrace one's steps.
  10. a move, act, or proceeding, as toward some end or in the general course of some action;
    stage, measure, or period: the five steps to success.
  11. rank, degree, or grade, as on a vertical scale.
  12. a support for the foot in ascending or descending: a step of a ladder; a stair of 14 steps.
  13. a very short distance: She was never more than a step away from her children.
  14. a repeated pattern or unit of movement in a dance formed by a combination of foot and body motions.
    • a degree of the staff or of the scale.
    • the interval between two adjacent scale degrees;
      second. Cf.  semitone, whole step. 
  15. steps, a stepladder.
  16. an offset part of anything.
  17. a socket, frame, or platform for supporting the lower end of a mast.
  18. a flat-topped ledge on the face of a quarry or a mine working.
  19. break step, to interrupt or cease walking or marching in step: The marching units were allowed to break step after they had passed the reviewing stand.
  20. in step: 
    • moving in time to a rhythm or with the corresponding step of others.
    • in harmony or conformity with: They are not in step with the times.
  21. keep step, to keep pace;
    stay in step: The construction of classrooms and the training of teachers have not kept step with population growth.
  22. out of step: 
    • not in time to a rhythm or corresponding to the step of others.
    • not in harmony or conformity with: They are out of step with the others in their group.
  23. step by step: 
    • from one stage to the next in sequence.
    • gradually and steadily: We were shown the steelmaking process step by step.
  24. take steps, to set about putting something into operation;
    begin to act: I will take steps to see that your application is processed.
  25. watch one's step, to proceed with caution;
    behave prudently: If she doesn't watch her step, she will be fired from her job.

v.i. 
  1. to move, go, etc., by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, or by using the feet alternately in this manner: to step forward.
  2. to walk, or go on foot, esp. for a few strides or a short distance: Step over to the bar.
  3. to move with measured steps, as in a dance.
  4. to go briskly or fast, as a horse.
  5. to obtain, find, win, come upon, etc., something easily and naturally, as if by a mere step of the foot: to step into a good business opportunity.
  6. to put the foot down;
    tread by intention or accident: to step on a cat's tail.
  7. to press with the foot, as on a lever, spring, or the like, in order to operate some mechanism.

v.t. 
  1. to take (a step, pace, stride, etc.).
  2. to go through or perform the steps of (a dance).
  3. to move or set (the foot) in taking a step.
  4. to measure (a distance, ground, etc.) by steps (sometimes fol. by off or out).
  5. to make or arrange in the manner of a series of steps.
  6. to fix (a mast) in its step.
  7. step down: 
    • to lower or decrease by degrees.
    • to relinquish one's authority or control;
      resign: Although he was past retirement age, he refused to step down and let his son take over the business.
  8. step in, to become involved;
    intervene, as in a quarrel or fight: The brawl was well under way by the time the police stepped in.
  9. step on it, to hasten one's activity or steps;
    hurry up: If we don't step on it, we'll miss the show.
  10. step out: 
    • to leave a place, esp. for a brief period of time.
    • to walk or march at a more rapid pace.
    • to go out to a social gathering or on a date: We're stepping out tonight.
  11. step up: 
    • to raise or increase by degrees: to step up production.
    • to be promoted;
      advance.
    • to make progress;
      improve.
stepless, adj. 
steplike′, adj. 

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