Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stone at the corner of a building uniting two intersecting walls; a quoin.
  • n. Such a stone, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony marking the origin of a building.
  • n. An indispensable and fundamental basis: the cornerstone of an argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. By extension, that which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy, or central.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls
  • n. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  • n. a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

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Examples

  • That's what prompted President Roosevelt to launch the Social Security system in 1935, to create what he called the cornerstone of a civilized society.

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  • America and its allies gear up for their big fight of the summer-to extend control over the southern province of Kandahar, which they call the cornerstone of the counterinsurgency campaign-the Taliban have been on a killing spree.

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  • And that less visibility basically is sort of the right sort of the, what I call the cornerstone of [which drove the] guidance.

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  • "Safeguarding the livelihood of the people should be the ruling party's long-term cornerstone," Mr. Bo said in a speech late last month.

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  • We should be fostering faith -- and any attempts to explain our beliefs without that core value as its cornerstone is doomed to fail.

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  • When a bull market returns, the will to transform what some dub the cornerstone of Japan's capitalist system will surely evaporate.

    Forcing Japan's Banks to Unload Stocks

  • The cornerstone is to have a MAJORITY of honest cops, first, or it won't work.

    Mexico Readies Crackdown on Bribery

  • For example, we are installing scrubbers on our coal-fired plant at Belledune, we have passed the Clean Water Act, we have produced a new energy policy, whose cornerstone is efficiency and conservation, and we have introduced the most progressive beverage container legislation in the country.

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  • "She was known as the cornerstone of the unit," Collins said.

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  • This will start with presentations to what are known as "cornerstone investors" or big banks and financial institutions who are likely to take the lion's share of the offering when it eventually comes to market.

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