stepping-stone

noun step·ping-stone \ ˈste-piŋ-ˌstōn \

Definition of stepping-stone

1 : a stone on which to step (as in crossing a stream)
2 : a means of progress or advancement

First Known Use of stepping-stone

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STEPPING-STONE Defined for English Language Learners

stepping-stone

Definition of stepping-stone for English Language Learners

  • : a large, flat stone that you step on to cross a stream

  • : something that helps you get or achieve something


STEPPING-STONE Defined for Kids

stepping-stone

noun step·ping-stone \ ˈste-piŋ-ˌstōn \

Definition of stepping-stone for Students

1 : a stone on which to step (as in crossing a stream)
2 : something that helps in progress or advancement
  • a stepping-stone to success

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