Definitions for Cornerstoneˈkɔr nərˌstoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cor•ner•stoneˈkɔr nərˌstoʊn(n.)

  1. a stone uniting two masonry walls at an intersection.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a stone representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a monumental building, usu. carved with the date.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. something that is essential or basic.

  4. the foundation on which something is constructed or developed.

Origin of cornerstone:

1250–1300

Princeton's WordNet

  1. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  2. cornerstone(noun)

    a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

  3. cornerstone(noun)

    a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls

Wiktionary

  1. cornerstone(Noun)

    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.

    The cornerstone on the Flatiron Building is set on the Fifth Avenue facade.

  2. cornerstone(Noun)

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

Freebase

  1. Cornerstone

    The cornerstone concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. Over time a cornerstone became a ceremonial masonry stone, or replica, set in a prominent location on the outside of a building, with an inscription on the stone indicating the construction dates of the building and the names of architect, builder and other significant individuals. The rite of laying a cornerstone is an important cultural component of eastern architecture and metaphorically in sacred architecture generally. The origins of this tradition are vague but its presence in Judeo-Christian countries can be associated with one quotation from the Old Testament cited six times in the New Testament and Isaiah 28:16quoted by the writer of the Book of 1st Peter in chapter 2, verse 6 1 Peter. The writer of the Book of Ephesians makes clear that Jesus is the cornerstone, of a faith rather than a building, referred to in the New Testament Ephesians 2:20 .

Anagrams of Cornerstone

  1. nonsecretor

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