Definition of in or out of step in English:

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in (or out of) step

1Putting (or not putting) one’s feet forward alternately in the same rhythm as the people one is walking, marching, or dancing with.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Conforming (or not conforming) to what others are doing or thinking: the party is clearly out of step with voters
More example sentences
  • 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.
in accord, in accordance, in harmony, in agreement, in tune, in line, in keeping, in conformity, compatible
at odds, at variance, in disagreement, out of tune, out of line, not in keeping, out of harmony
1.2 Physics (Of two or more oscillations or other cyclic phenomena) having (or not having) the same frequency and always in the same phase.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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