Stepping-stone Step"ping-stone`, n. 1. A stone to raise the feet above the surface of water or mud in walking. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A means of progress or advancement. [1913 Webster]

These obstacles his genius had turned into stepping-stones. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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