Stepping-stone

Definitions

  • Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance
    Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stepping-stone A stone to raise the feet above the surface of water or mud in walking.
    • Stepping-stone Fig.: A means of progress or advancement. "These obstacles his genius had turned into stepping-stones .""That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stepping-stone A raised stone in a stream or in a swampy place designed to save the feet in walking.
    • n stepping-stone A horse-block.
    • n stepping-stone An aid or means by which an end may be accomplished or an object gained; an assistance to progress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stepping-stone a stone for stepping on to raise the feet above the water or mud
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Quotations

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    “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”
  • Marsha Sinetar
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    “Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”
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    “Difficulties are stepping stones to success.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stæpestapan, to go; Dut. stap, Ger. stapfe.

Usage

In literature:

It was to this chain of hills that I now looked forward as the stepping-stone to the interior.
"Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland" by Edward John Eyre
They clung to each other in speechless satisfaction as Uncle Henry guided the surrey up to the marble stepping-stone.
"Understood Betsy" by Dorothy Canfield
No doubt it will be hard to you to crave a boon, but ought you to shrink from those few steps over sharp stones?
"The Sisters, Complete" by Georg Ebers
When the dog threw me down I must have hit it against the stone step.
"The Emperor, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Some of the stone steps are foot-worn only on one end; others only on the other end; others only in the middle.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 3 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
You go down a flight of stone steps in the middle of a barren place, and there you are.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 4 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Beyond, down a flight of stone steps, was a short, paved way to the river.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
At that point, the lawn being levelled and raised, there were two stone steps.
"Catharine Furze" by Mark Rutherford
Then they took us, three little girls, up the stone steps, and stood us on the bank.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
Accusations against public men, when unsuccessful, are the fairest stepping-stones in their career.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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In poetry:

In stillness, wanderer, step in:
Grief has worn the threshold into stone.
But see: in pure light, glowing
There on the table: bread and wine.
"Winter Evening" by Georg Trakl
When the priest came down the altar steps,
He has pass'd through the abbey aisle;
He has mounted, alone, the stair of stone,
To the high Confessional !
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
But still, wherever his steps they led,
The Lord in sorrow bent down his head,
And from under the heavy foundation-stones,
The son of Mary heard bitter groans.
"A Parable - II" by James Russell Lowell
Dead long ago, but still when I see
A fair, young face looking sweetly on,
As the fisherman steps over tree and stone,
Then I think of her that once smiled on me.
"The Fisherman" by Alexander Anderson
The Rose of May its pride displayed
Along the old stone balustrade;
And ancient ladies, quaintly dight,
In its pink blossoms took delight;
And on the steps would make a stand
To scent its fragrance - fan in hand.
"The Rose Of May" by Mary Botham Howitt
I will not lift the door-latch, I will not step in
From the dark fields and the starlight and the bent and whin:
All about the stone gables, in the dusk alone
You shall hear my pipe playing by your own hearth-stone.
"The Piper" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Once upon a time, a time before legislative term limits, the Los Angeles City Council used to be a stepping stone to the Legislature.
Alternative Services Plan will serve as stepping stone for future Metro services Letter to the Editor.
Brandon Twp.- Stepping Stone is stepping up to fill a need for childcare.
Is Illinois Derby Pletcher's Stepping Stone .
Vanderbilt has history as a stepping stone , albeit a small one, for football coaches.
'This is my stepping stone '.
Besaw's and Stepping Stone Cafe.
The Oregonian Stepping Stone Cafe.
One Child's Stepping Stone Is Another's Stigma.
You don't want to be simply a stepping stone on an employee's journey toward his or her own (very different) passion .
She and her brothers often search around Stepping Stones Stables for the small creatures.
Stepping stones to re-entry .
Steps, stone, and color brings style to the front.
To begin your quest for stone skipping success, follow these steps.
Concerns were raised about a recent article about Stepping Stones, concerns I take seriously.
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In science:

Its role here is that it offers a convenient stepping stone towards the proof of arcconnectedness.4 Direct proofs that X is arc-connected can be found in [39, 46], and we shall indicate one in Section 3.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
This proof is also limited to small perturbations of background spacetime; it is intended as a stepping stone towards more robust results.
A proof of the generalized second law for rapidly-evolving Rindler horizons
Kurtz, and Xiaowen Zhou, Continuum-sites stepping-stone models, coalescing exchangeable partitions and random trees, Ann.
A representation of exchangeable hierarchies by sampling from real trees
These dynamics will serve as stepping stone for building Metropolis–Hastings dynamics for the general polygonal field models (1).
Multi-colour random fields with polygonal realisations
For example, for density estimation, an exponential transformation along with a normalization step is often used as the functions are required to be nonnegative and integrate to one [Stone, 1990, Ghosal et al., 2000].
MCMC-free adaptive Bayesian procedures using random series prior
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