a stone, or one of a line of stones, in shallow water, a marshy place, or the like, that is stepped on in crossing.
a stone for use in mounting or ascending.
any means or stage of advancement or improvement: She looked on the governorship as a steppingstone to the presidency.
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How to use steppingstone in a sentence
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 | Eli Lake | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | March 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet there is something unique about this kind of development that skips traditional stepping stone technologies.To See the Progress in Afghanistan, Stop Viewing the Country Through a Western Lens | Sam Schneider | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is also a stepping stone to the Supreme Court, the place where potential justices are groomed and observed.Capitol Hill Showdown Over Obama’s Judicial Nominees Comes to a Head | Eleanor Clift | March 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
You certainly don't do this as a stepping stone to run for president.
He would use the thousand pounds as a stepping-stone to legitimate fortune.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
But, important as this situation is, it is yet only to be considered a stepping-stone to further advancement.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
Peering into the gloom, the youth saw the top of the next rock which was used as a stepping-stone by other visitors.Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
Like many pioneers, it did not achieve practical success itself, but it supplied a stepping stone to further progress.Invention | Bradley A. Fiske
Marazion is a pleasant little place, but of course its chief interest is as the stepping-stone to St. Michael's Mount.The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
British Dictionary definitions for stepping stone
one of a series of stones acting as footrests for crossing streams, marshes, etc
a circumstance that assists progress towards some goal
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