stepping stone


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stepping stone

n
1. (Physical Geography) one of a series of stones acting as footrests for crossing streams, marshes, etc
2. a circumstance that assists progress towards some goal
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stepping stone - a stone in a marsh or shallow water that can be stepped on in crossingstepping stone - a stone in a marsh or shallow water that can be stepped on in crossing
rock, stone - a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me"
2.stepping stone - any means of advancement; "the job was just a stepping stone on his way to fame and riches"
means, way, agency - how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
Translations

stepping stone

[ˈstepɪŋstəʊn] N
1. (lit) → pasadera f
2. (fig) → trampolín m (to para llegar a)

stepping stone

n(Tritt)stein m; (fig)Sprungbrett nt

stepping stone

[ˈstɛpɪŋˌstəʊn] npietra di un guado (fig) stepping stone (to)trampolino di lancio (verso)
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After reflecting a moment, temporarily sheltered beneath the little wicket of the prison of the treasurer of the Sainte- Chappelle, as to the shelter which he would select for the night, having all the pavements of Paris to choose from, he remembered to have noticed the week previously in the Rue de la Savaterie, at the door of a councillor of the parliament, a stepping stone for mounting a mule, and to have said to himself that that stone would furnish, on occasion, a very excellent pillow for a mendicant or a poet.
The preferment seemed to him in the nature of a well-merited reward for painstaking and intelligent service, and as a stepping stone to posts of greater importance and responsibility; but, on the other hand, he had been married to the Hon.
In short, the distaste of the worthy naturalist for beef was not unlike that which the shepherd sometimes produces, by first muzzling and fettering his delinquent dog, and then leaving him as a stepping stone for the whole flock to use in its transit over a wall, or through the opening of a sheep-fold; a process which is said to produce in the culprit a species of surfeit, on the subject of mutton, for ever after.
If you are ambitious, it is the surest of all stepping stones into the House.
They accomplished this in the drenching darkness, making two trips across the stepping stones of the shallow creek and soaking themselves to the knees.
"This contract award is an important stepping stone in the growth ambitions of the company, and we look forward to building on our close relationship with Equinor, and expanding our services in the offshore wind industry."
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But Commons, who worked under the former Liverpool gaffer towards the end of his Hoops career, believes the Northern Irishman will use the Foxes as a stepping stone to an English giant.
"The European Tour is a stepping stone. Now I can say I'm going to make my own decisions and do what I want."
As part of the sessions at Stepping Stone, Liz shared the importance of safe sleeping spaces, car seats and temperature.
A slice of the country where its New People's Army can claim as its own inviolable sovereign territory-a stepping stone to its ultimate goal of setting up a Maoist regime throughout the land, just as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is using the proposed Bangsomoro Basic Law as a stepping stone to achieve its ultimate goal of setting up an Islamic regime to control the entire heterogeneous population of this country with iron chains around its neck!