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Meaning of STEPPING STONE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any means of advancement; "the job was just a stepping stone on his way to fame and riches"
  2. [n]  a stone in a marsh or shallow water that can be stepped on in crossing
 
 See Also: agency, means, rock, stone, way

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Step"ping-stone`\, n.
1. A stone to raise the feet above the surface of water or
   mud in walking.

2. Fig.: A means of progress or advancement.

         These obstacles his genius had turned into
         stepping-stones.                      --Macaulay.

         That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead
         selves to higher things.              --Tennyson.

 

 

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