to X is the wife of the father of X, married by him after the death of the mother of X. See Stepchild,
Stepdaughter, Stepson, etc.
(Step"broth`er) n. A brother by the marriage of one's father with the mother of another, or
of one's mother with the father of another.
(Step"child`) n. [AS. steópcild.]
1. A bereaved child; one who has lost father or mother. [Obs.]
2. A son or daughter of one's wife or husband by a former marriage.
(Step"dame`) n. A stepmother. Spenser.
(Step"daugh`ter) n. [AS. steópdohtor.] A daughter of one's wife or husband by a former
(Step"fa`ther) n. [AS. steópfæder.] The husband of one's mother by a subsequent marriage.
(Ste*pha"ni*on) n. [NL., from Gr. a crown.] (Anat.) The point on the side of the skull where
the temporal line, or upper edge of the temporal fossa, crosses the coronal suture.
(Steph"an*ite) n. [So named after the Archduke Stephan, mining director of Austria.] (Min.)
A sulphide of antimony and silver of an iron-black color and metallic luster; called also black silver, and
brittle silver ore.
(||Steph`a*no"tis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. fit for a crown, fr. crown.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of climbing asclepiadaceous shrubs, of Madagascar, Malaya, etc. They have fleshy
or coriaceous opposite leaves, and large white waxy flowers in cymes.
2. A perfume said to be prepared from the flowers of Stephanotis floribunda.
(Step"lad`der) n. A portable set of steps.
(Step"moth`er) n. [AS. steópmoder.] The wife of one's father by a subsequent marriage.
(Step"par`ent) n. Stepfather or stepmother.
Steppe murrain. (Far.) See Rinderpest.
(Steppe) n. [From Russ. stepe, through G. or F. steppe.] One of the vast plains in Southeastern
Europe and in Asia, generally elevated, and free from wood, analogous to many of the prairies in Western
North America. See Savanna.
Stepped gear, a cogwheel of which the teeth cross the face in a series of steps.
(Stepped) a. Provided with a step or steps; having a series of offsets or parts resembling the
steps of stairs; as, a stepped key.
(Step"per) n. One who, or that which, steps; as, a quick stepper.
1. A stone to raise the feet above the surface of water or mud in walking.