Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stone which lies at the corner of two walls, and unites them; specifically, the stone built into one corner of the foundation of an edifice as the actual or nominal starting-point in building. In the case of an important public edifice or monumental structure the laying of the corner-stone is usually accompanied by some formal ceremony, and the stone is commonly hollowed out and made the repository of historical documents, and of objects, as coins and medals, characteristic of the time. Also called
- n. Hence That on which anything is founded; that which is of the greatest or fundamental importance; that which is indispensable.
- n. alternative spelling of cornerstone.
“The solemn blessing of the cathedral corner-stone, 1933.”
“Its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”
“The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is one of the 'corner-stone' institutions of the Encyclopedia of Life (www. eol.org) project.”
“But the interesting aspect is the psychology of the contemporary anti-semite who is in complete denial of their own hatred, and may help to explain why they do not register on their own morally sensitive barometers - the ideological, genocidal anti-semitism that is the corner-stone of Hamas, Hizbollah, and the Iranian regime.”
“Simple impressive rite at corner-stone emplacement of Hearst Memorial Mining Building”
“It is ancient as the corner-stone of Mohammed's Temple of Mecca; as secret as the Moslem that bound the tribes of Arabia to Allah or their god; as honorable as the Christian, and the tenets to which it is dedicated when once assumed cannot be eschewed or cast aloof. ...”
“Madison, decided that it was bound to execute that intent, and for a hundred years that doctrine remained the corner-stone of American constitutional law.”
“Symbolic was the repeal, in 1999, of the Glass-Steagall law, the corner-stone of the New Deal financial regulation.”
““Now, by the corner-stone of the Caaba!” said the Saracen,”
“I was hooked on a quest that would come to be a corner-stone of my life: to learn and understand religion.”
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