milestone (plural milestones)

  1. A stone milepost (or by extension in other materials), one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road at regular intervals, typically at the side of the road or in a median.
  2. An important event in a person's life or career, in the history of a nation, in the life of some project, etc.
    • 1933, Stephen Spender, "The Funeral":
      Death is another milestone on their way.
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milestone (milestones, present participle milestoning; past and past participle milestoned)

  1. To place milestones along (a road, etc.).
  2. To plan out a project as a series of major steps.

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