AskDefine | Define doorstep

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doorstep n : the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offer support when passing through a doorway [syn: doorsill, threshold]

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English

Etymology

door + step

Noun

  1. Step of a door. The threshold of a doorway.
    On one's doorstep.
  2. Nearby, close.
    They want to build the prison right on our doorstep, it will only be half a mile away and being that close scares me
  3. A big slice of bread.
    2003, Diana Wynne Jones, The Merlin Conspiracy", P 241 ISBN 0-06-052318-2
    "I cut myself a doorstep of bread with masses of butter and went along to see Romanov while I was eating it."
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