- one of a series of stones acting as footrests for crossing streams, marshes, etc
- a circumstance that assists progress towards some goal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Examples from the Web for stepping-stone
But the deputy speakership was just a stepping-stone to the top job for al-Abadi.Exclusive: Inside Obama's Push for Regime Change in Iraq
August 11, 2014
I remember that being a stepping-stone for me when it comes to why he gets so aggravated.Adam Driver on Role-Play Sex with Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’ and Adam’s Stormy Relationship with Hannah
March 10, 2014
Rule he sought after only as a stepping-stone to larger spoils.Anabasis
Higher education in industrial art is the stepping-stone to this.
Who knows but what this may be a stepping-stone into a successful career?Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
Inasmuch as he had such a stepping-stone, the very least he could do was to make use of it.Sentimental Education, Volume II
Defeat has been accepted but as the stepping-stone to new endeavor.