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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

'Etape \['E]`tape"\, n. [F. Cf. Staple a mart.] 1. A public storehouse. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. Supplies issued to troops on the march; hence (Mil.), the place where troops on the march halt over night; also, by extension, the distance marched during a day. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. In Russia, a prison or stockade for the confinement of prisoners in transit. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]