[step-ing-awf, -of] /ˈstɛp ɪŋˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
jumping-off place (def 2).
[step-ing-stohn] /ˈstɛp ɪŋˌstoʊn/ noun 1. a stone, or one of a line of stones, in shallow water, a marshy place, or the like, that is stepped on in crossing. 2. a stone for use in mounting or ascending. 3. any means or stage of advancement or improvement: She looked on the governorship as a steppingstone […]
noun, Rocketry. 1. a multistage rocket that discards burned-out stages.
noun 1. a stepbrother or stepsister.
noun 1. one’s stepfather’s or stepmother’s daughter by a previous marriage. noun 1. a daughter of one’s stepmother or stepfather by a union with someone other than one’s father or mother respectively