stepping stone

Definitions

  • Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance
    Two stone lions guard steps leading to the entrance
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stepping stone any means of advancement "the job was just a stepping stone on his way to fame and riches"
    • n stepping stone a stone in a marsh or shallow water that can be stepped on in crossing
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
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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.”
  • Source Unknown
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

They seemed to her, on the instant, like stepping-stones.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
She crept softly up the stone steps.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
In five minutes he had dismounted at the great stone steps and was clasping his daughter in his arms.
"John Enderby" by Gilbert Parker
Two broken pillars lying one on the other presented a very convenient stepping-stone to the fifth story.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Under this there was a lofty half-pyramid with stone steps.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
She found herself facing a short flight of stone steps, ending in a door.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
The stepping-stones came into sight.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They are stepping-stones for rainy weather.
"Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae" by Jennie Hall
The party had moved over to the great stone steps which led down into the gardens.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
I hurriedly stepped back, and the German, in following me, rode near a large stone by the roadside.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
One day, when he was on his way to fish, he had happened to meet Geordie, who was herding his cattle near the stepping-stones.
"Geordie's Tryst" by Mrs. Milne Rae
But perhaps you don't quite known what stepping-stones are?
"Milly and Olly" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The two men came to a flight of stone steps, which they descended.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
Their abode is a short distance from the street and is reached by steep stone steps.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
The cigars were not missed, and I thought how easy it was, but this beginning proved to be just a stepping-stone to what followed.
"Dave Ranney" by Dave Ranney
Its bones were scattered by ravens, and Will used the bleached skull as a stepping stone.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
At length I found myself mounting the lichened stone steps to the great closed gates.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Over the stepping-stones, pulling up her dress, she skipped with her long, lank legs, like a witch joining a Walpurgis.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
Presently the carriage stopped in front of a broad flight of stone steps and the boys climbed out.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Stone steps at Oraibi with platform at corner 161 49.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
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In poetry:

I turned upon the stepping stone,
The maiden came behind;
She whispered in her sweetest tone,
"Dear sir, but you are kind."
"The Stepping Stones" by Alexander Anderson
The chamber looked far over the sea
From a white hotel on a white-stoned quay,
And stepping a stride
He parted the window-drapery.
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
She hung her head, then, blushing, said,
"Dear sir, but you are kind;
If you will cross the stepping stones,
I will not stay behind."
"The Stepping Stones" by Alexander Anderson
And, when their senses back return'd,
They gaz'd upon the steps of stone
On which the Dark Ladie had stood,
They gaz'd...but she was gone!...
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
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
And that was the treasure Aladdin
Was sent to secure. First he tore
The huge stones away, for he had in
An instant the strength of a score;
Then he stepped through the cavern-like door.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

AD doesn't see his coach using the program as stepping stone.
London Games a stepping stone for Jason McCoombs.
A stepping stone, not a failure.
Is Illinois Derby Pletcher's Stepping Stone.
A stepping stone to new human tissue and body parts.
Vanderbilt has history as a stepping stone, albeit a small one, for football coaches.
'This is my stepping stone'.
'Til It's Over: 'Stepping stone' game points Sycamores in right direction.
Technical school education a stepping stone to higher learning, careers.
The United Nations climate talks were seen as a stepping stone toward a new climate treaty.
Amy McCormick, Stepping Stones Childs Center.
Simple steps to care for granite, marble and other natural stone.
Even though the best fail at times, they view failure simply as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block.
The new Health and Human Sciences building is the first building to crown WCU's Millennial Campus, and hopefully a stepping stone to help realize the initial vision for the 344-acre addition to campus.
Mosaic stepping stones class seeks students.
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In science:

This makes the proposed facility a stepping stone towards developing experiments for the LCLS.
Parameters for a 30 GeV Undulator Test Facility in the FFTB/LCLS
At the same time, more modest “stepping-stone” experiments will be crucial for exploring the new systematic effects revealed when the statistical errors are reduced.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
This completes the proof of the theorem which is the first stepping stone of our construction of a suitable probability measure.
A Local Mathematical Model for EPR-Experiments
Thus the discovery of the dominance of the gluon fusion process has been the key stepping stone in establishing strangeness as an observable of QGP.
Strangeness and Quark Gluon Plasma
Possibly, it is a good approximation to the correct theory; or perhaps it is merely a helpful stepping stone towards the correct theory.
Astrophysical and Cosmological Tests of Quantum Theory
We include the example here only as a stepping stone to the Legendre transform in statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
Since Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations are stepping stones to the path integral and canonical quantization, every quantum theory requires a fiducial box.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
While not particularly interesting physically, this will provide a nice introduction to the topic of gravity as a gauge theory, and it will be a nice stepping stone for when we begin to study gauge theories from a geometrical context later.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
N −1 and d1 is a positive real constant. (cid:3) The next lemma is a technical lemma that is used as a stepping stone to help prove Proposition 4.11.
Noncommutative Plurisubharmonic Polynomials Part II: Local Assumptions
As indicated by Gardiner & Stone (2008) the computational cost of the two versions of the CTU scheme is roughly the same for pure MHD calculations, because the factor of two fewer Riemann solvers comes with twice as many steps to achieve the same solution time.
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
Shiga (1982), Continuous time multi-al lelic stepping stone models in population genetics, J.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
Shiga and Uchiyama (1986), Stationary states and the stability of the stepping stone model involving mutation and selection, Prob.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
We do not calculate fluxes for Er and F r because they are not updated in this step; therefore the Riemann solvers are the same as those described in Stone et al. (2008).
A Godunov Method for Multidimensional Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics based on a variable Eddington tensor
To give a K -homological description of the fractional analytic index from a more analytic picture, we use rational geometric K -homology as a stepping stone.
Applying geometric K-cycles to fractional indices
Whether a fully realistic vacuum can be constructed remains to be seen, and although even if such a vacuum is found we may not yet be able to answer why that one could be favoured over others, it is certainly a required stepping stone towards a full understanding of the role string theory plays in the universe.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
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