from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A capstone.
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- n. capstone
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stone for coping. See coping.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The upper or top stone; a stone forming part of a coping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination
- n. a stone that forms the top of wall or building
For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity.
The universe is finished; the copestone is on, and the chips were carted off a million years ago.
On opening the little door, two hairy monsters flew at my throat, bearing me down and extinguishing the light; while a mingled guffaw from Heathcliff and Hareton, put the copestone on my rage and humiliation.
These are of various forms, but they are mostly tripods, consisting of a copestone poised upon three other stones, two at the head and one at the foot.
The supports are rough boulders, the largest masses of stone that could be found or moved; and the copestone is an enormous flat square block, often with cup-shaped hollows carved upon its surface.
Under this copestone there was a vacant space, varying in size from a foot or two to the height of a man on horseback.
To bring forth the copestone with shouting and praise.
S.W. -- "Is not this the day set apart for the celebration of the copestone, Most Excellent?"
M.E. M. -- "Brother Senior Warden, assemble the brethren, and form a procession, for the purpose of celebrating the copestone."
It was reserved to his successor to raise it, as the martyr had predicted it would be raised, even to the copestone.