Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The top stone of a structure or wall.
  • noun The crowning achievement or final stroke; the culmination or acme.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, the uppermost or finishing stone of a structure, as of a parapet, a turret, etc.
  • noun In zoöl, a fossil echinite (sea-urchin) of the genus Conulus: so named from its resemblance to a cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Paleon.) A fossil echinus of the genus Cannulus; -- so called from its supposed resemblance to a cap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the stones making up the top layer of a wall; a coping stone
  • noun A crowning achievement, culmination or finishing touch

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

  • noun a stone that forms the top of wall or building
  • noun a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination

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  • Colleges also could promote "high-effort" practices across the curriculum, such as challenging freshman seminars, writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research assignments, service learning and long-term "capstone" projects.

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  • Zechariah then instructed him to bring out the capstone, which is the final piece of stone set aside to mark completion of the temple.

    It’s Your Time

  • Where your capstone is a detailed, immaculately researched document, a presentation has to keep to a strict time limit, usually around 20 minutes.

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  • Where your capstone is a detailed, immaculately researched document, a presentation has to keep to a strict time limit, usually around 20 minutes.

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  • Where your capstone is a detailed, immaculately researched document, a presentation has to keep to a strict time limit, usually around 20 minutes.

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  • Zechariah then instructed him to bring out the capstone, which is the final piece of stone set aside to mark completion of the temple.

    It’s Your Time

  • Zechariah then instructed him to bring out the capstone, which is the final piece of stone set aside to mark completion of the temple.

    It’s Your Time

  • Image from Paradigmshift, which has some interesting commentary and comparisons between the ancient Egyptian imagery and ancient Indian imagery of the creation myth; the stone is identified as a capstone found at Dashur and said to have been the capstone of the Bent Pyramid, no provenance given or where the photo was taken.

    New Artifact Found Near Bosnian "Pyramid"

  • Image from Paradigmshift, which has some interesting commentary and comparisons between the ancient Egyptian imagery and ancient Indian imagery of the creation myth; the stone is identified as a capstone found at Dashur and said to have been the capstone of the Bent Pyramid, no provenance given or where the photo was taken.

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  • The last top stone on the towers, called the capstone, was laid April 6, 1892.

    A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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  • In the background of his thoughts Theron had carried along a notion of going and dining with Father Forbes when the time for the evening meal should arrive. The idea in itself attracted him, as a fitting capstone to his resolve not to go home to supper.

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 26

    August 8, 2008

  • With that in mind, those who have not read the Quran will see that it is a capstone to all the Scriptures of the West: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim; all of which share the same God, but use different metaphors by which to worship YHWH, the Trinity, or Allah.

    March 1, 2018