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To step off


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To step off to measure by steps, or paces; hence, to divide, as a space, or to form a series of marks, by successive measurements, as with dividers.
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In literature:

He swung to steps of trains moved off and clung there between brief stations.
"The Way of the Wind" by Zoe Anderson Norris
A horseman came round a bend in the road, and he stepped off from her, but they did not permit the horseman to pass between them.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
The raft had been built in the water, so that all we had to do was to step on board, set our sail, and shove off.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
He wiped his eyes, he waved his hands to dispel it; it was no illusion; the spectre sat there a few steps off.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Yet to step off the boards meant to sink almost to your knees in mud.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
I fell down the steps and broke my leg, and you came in off the street to tie me up with an umbrella and the best table napkins.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
He stepped off to his shop, on the strength of Betsey's nice coffee and biscuit, as grand as the President.
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
As we were leavin', though, friend Dot has just persuaded Stanley to try a one-step with her and I had to snicker when he goes whirlin' off.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
The Lama again started off with his mule into the water, but he had not gone many steps before the water rose to the root of the animal's tail.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The children left off their play to come to the top of the steps and stare.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
Then I got out the chart of the Indian Ocean, pricked off the ship's position on it, and sat down to consider what should be the next step.
"The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn" by Harry Collingwood
While this money lasted, he resolved to stave off the evil day of taking any decided step.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
One o' the girls had stepped on a snake an' was squealin' loud enough to hear her two miles off.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
Dan'l had come along the grass edge till he was close to the boy, and then stepped off heavily on to the path.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
I was only afraid of their wanting to step off to the fireside to begin broiling bones.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
I'll go to the Forum to pay him off; you, Ctesipho, {step} in-doors to her.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
The ox cannot be made to understand that it must step off.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
The first step will be to file off accurately the four corners 1, 2, 3, 4, so as to form eight equal sides or faces, as shown in Fig.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Running up the short flight of steps to the front door of the dilapidated old dwelling off in the forests, Ab.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
And to put off a step of this kind is dangerous.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman

In poetry:

To Babylon, to Babylon!
And every step I take
Bears farther off from Babylon
A heart that cannot break!
"Out Of Babylon" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
She guides the Youth who see not where they tread,
She shews the Virgin how to turn the Door,
Softly to steal from off her silent Bed,
And not a Step betray her on the Floor.
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
Off went the steam, and I hung by the brake;
Two minutes, and we had our train at a stand.
I sprang down the steps, waving Dick with my hand
To keep back for a moment, just for my sake.
"Bill's Length" by Alexander Anderson
She jumped him high as huntsmen go
Across the gate; she jumped him low,
To coax him to begin and feel
His infant steps returning, peel
His mortal pride, exposing fruit,
And off with hat and apron suit.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
"Mrs. Roney, O Mrs. Roney, I feel very ill;
Will you just step to the Doctor's for to fetch me a pill?"
"That I will, my pore Mary," Mrs. Roney says she;
And she goes off to the Doctor's as quickly as may be.
"The Wolfe New Ballad Of Jane Roney And Mary Brown" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Well said! the door is locked! but here she's left the key,
Under the step, in a place known only to her and me;
I wonder who's dyin' or dead, that she's hustled off pell-mell:
But here on the table's a note, and probably this will tell.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

This is the last week of the Top 12 Countdown (hopefully another DJ will step in and host it), but I'm taking the summer off to focus on my "grown up" job.
Television programming just took another giant step off a tall cliff with TLC's addition of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" to the late-summer lineup.
Smith and Bill Cleveland stepped off the plane in Beijing on Nov 30, 1990, nothing prepared them for the reception they were about to receive.
Sidi understands that the last thing a rider wants to do when stepping off the machine is to lose his grip on slippery terrain and fall.
Veterans Day Parade To Step Off Sunday In Hartford.
Park Road Parade Scheduled To Step Off Oct 6.
Special Olympics Virginia Wants You to Step Off a Roof—for Fundraising.
Cross country season is about ready to step off .
The girl says that when she stepped off her school bus on Mulberry and Irving on Thursday a man offered her $100 to get into his car.
The parade is scheduled to step off from the intersection of Lawn Park Drive and Brecksville Road at 4 pm Dec 2 and travel to the Town Square.
South Carolina's 82-75 victory in overtime over Wisconsin-Milwaukee that kicked off the Frank Martin era in Columbia was a positive step, but it's hard to say how much anyone could learn from one game.
Former Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins steps in to finish off victory for Redskins.
WASHINGTON– To mark his birthday Saturday, President Obama stepped off the campaign trail and onto the golf course.
Robert Mathena, the step-grandfather of William and Tyler Jensen, has confirmed to KKCO 11 News that Tyler has been taken off life support at Children's Hospital in Denver.
How to Start a Dog Park Follow these seven steps to secure your own off-leash dog park .

In science:

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Convex defining functions for convex domains
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Reverse Nearest Neighbors Search in High Dimensions using Locality-Sensitive Hashing
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Scaling laws in the diffusion limited aggregation of persistent random walkers
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Speed exponents of random walks on groups
Since we are dealing with partially open quantum random walks, the form of density operator has a nontrivial off-diagonal (in x-space) entry after the initial step, we need to consider general density operators for later iterations.
Open quantum random walks with decoherence on coins with $n$ degrees of freedom
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Hopfield models as generalized random mean field models
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Magneto-transport and magneto-optical properties of ferromagnetic (III,Mn)V semicondcutors: a review
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Radio Pulsars
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Multiple tests of association with biological annotation metadata
In calculating η, tiny noise levels (≈ 10−15 ) are included at each time step to avoid round off induced synchronization.
On the conditions for synchronization in unidirectionally coupled chaotic oscillators
In calculating η for Figs. 6(a)-(f ), we have added a small amount of noise (≈ 10−15) at each time step to avoid the effect of round off induced synchronization.
On the conditions for synchronization in unidirectionally coupled chaotic oscillators
Trade-offs among different choices of the specific gradient algorithm and the step-size remain to be understood.
Gradient algorithms for finding common Lyapunov functions
In such cases the simultaneous modification of E on many links leads to a low Monte-Carlo acceptance rate, or when working off-lattice small step sizes.
Auxiliary field Monte-Carlo for charged particles
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Projection method for rapid ab initio calculations of metals