Definition of Cornerstone

1. Noun. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained. "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

Exact synonyms: Base, Basis, Foundation, Fundament, Groundwork
Group relationships: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Meat And Potatoes
Generic synonyms: Assumption, Supposal, Supposition
Derivative terms: Basal, Base, Found



2. Noun. A stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies.
Group relationships: Building, Edifice
Generic synonyms: Stone

3. Noun. A stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls.
Group relationships: Building, Edifice
Generic synonyms: Stone

Definition of Cornerstone

1. Noun. A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details. ¹

2. Noun. By extension, that which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy, or central. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cornerstone

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Cornerstone

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Treaty Making Power of the United States by Charles Henry Butler (1902)
"Territorial Expansion the cornerstone of American prosperity.—The broad views of such men as Marshall and Story during the great constructive period, ..."

2. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, from March 4 by United States President (1909-1913 : Taft), William Howard Taft (1910)
"XXXIV ADDRESS AT THE LAYING OF THE cornerstone OF THE UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, IRVINGTON, ... And I do it because I believe that the cornerstone of modern ..."

3. History of the University of the South, at Sewanee, Tennessee: From Its by George Rainsford Fairbanks (1905)
"Tribute to Bishops Polk, Otey and Elliott—Events subsequent to the laying of the cornerstone—The secession of the Confederate States—The call for a ..."

4. Presidential Addresses and State Papers by Theodore Roosevelt (1910)
"FROM ADDRESS AT THE LAYING OF THE cornerstone OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK MEMORIAL, PORTLAND, ORE., MAY 21, 1903 Mr. Mayor, and you, my Fellow-Citizens: We come ..."

5. The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations by Thomas Williams Bicknell (1920)
"Bishop Fenwick laid the cornerstone on July 13, 1841, and was assisted in this service by Fathers Fen- nelly, Corry, Byrne, O'Flaherty and O'Reilly. ..."

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