[ step-ing-stohn ]
/ ˈstɛp ɪŋˌstoʊn /
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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Origin of steppingstone
Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
Words nearby steppingstone
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The ships going out of port were such a steppingstone to him, and a vague consciousness came back to him of having been in a ship.A Simpleton|Charles Reade