step-down
noun Date: 1922 a decrease or reduction in size or amount <
a step-down in dosage
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  • Step-down — a. (Elec.) Transforming or converting a current of high potential or voltage into one of low voltage; as, a step down transformer. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • step-down — /step down /, adj. Elect. serving to reduce or decrease voltage: a step down transformer. [1890 95; adj. use of v. phrase step down] * * * …   Universalium

  • step-down — step′ down adj. 1) elm serving to decrease voltage: a step down transformer[/ex] 2) a decrease or reduction in rate or quantity • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • step-down — [step′doun΄] adj. that steps down, or decreases; specif., a) designating a transformer in which the output voltage is less than the input voltage b) designating a gear that reduces the speed n. a decrease, as in amount, intensity, etc …   English World dictionary

  • step down — ► step down (or aside) withdraw or resign from a position or office. Main Entry: ↑step …   English terms dictionary

  • step down — index alight, diminish, quit (discontinue), resign Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • step down — [v] resign abandon, abdicate, bow out, cease work, drop out, give notice, hand in resignation, hang it up*, leave, quit, retire, sign off, terminate, throw in the towel*, walk out; concepts 119,195,351 …   New thesaurus

  • step down — v. (D; intr.) to step down from (to step down from the presidency) * * * [ step daʊn] (D; intr.) to step down from (to step down from the presidency) (D; intr.) to step down from (to step down from the presidency) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • step down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms step down : present tense I/you/we/they step down he/she/it steps down present participle stepping down past tense stepped down past participle stepped down same as step aside The chairman was forced to step …   English dictionary

  • step down — UK US step aside/down Phrasal Verb with step({{}}/step/ verb [I] ► [I] to leave an important job or position, especially to allow someone else to take your place: step aside/down as sth »He has decided to step down as chairman. step aside for/in… …   Financial and business terms

  • step down — or step aside PHRASAL VERB If someone steps down or steps aside, they resign from an important job or position, often in order to let someone else take their place. [V P as n] Judge Ito said that if his wife was called as a witness, he would step …   English dictionary

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