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- n. the stone which lies at the corner of two walls, and unites them; the principal stone; especially, the stone which forms the corner of the foundation of an edifice; hence, that which is fundamental importance or indispensable.
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The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, was held at the site of the University, on the Sewanee Mountain, in October last, when the corner stone of the principal building was laid with appropriate ceremonies.
Journal of the Proceedings of the Seventy-Second Annual Convention of The Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Held in Trinity Church, Abbeville, on the 19th and 20th of June, 1861. With Lists of the Clergy and Parishes, The Parochial Reports, the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Order, and the Standing Resolutions
The cupboards were not only small but full of rat-holes, and a large rat might have taken his seat upon Rollins 'History, the corner stone of the library, and exclaimed with Robinson Crusoe:
The chief corner stone of the Confederacy was the right of secession.
It shall seek to fan the fires of intelligent patriotism -- strengthen the hands of the Government in its efforts to suppress rebellion; and especially a rebellion having for its object the establishment of a government, the chief corner stone of which, is the iniquitous system of human chattelization.