Definitions for keystone
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anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpinnoun
a central cohesive source of support and stability
"faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
keystone, key, headstonenoun
the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
The top stone of an arch.
A native or resident of the American state of Pennsylvania.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The middle stone of an arch.
Etymology: key and stone.
If you will add a keystone and chaptrels to the arch, let the breadth of the upper part of the keystone be the height of the arch. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.
A keystone is the central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends. It is also an architectural term referring to the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry arch, or the generally round one at the apex of a vault, locking all stones into position, allowing the arch or vault to bear weight.
the central or topmost stone of an arch. This in some styles is made different in size from the other voussoirs, or projects, or is decorated with carving. See Illust. of Arch
A keystone is the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, allowing the arch to bear weight. Although a masonry arch or vault cannot be self-supporting until the keystone is placed, the keystone experiences the least stress of any of the voussoirs, due to its position at the apex. Old keystones can decay due to vibration, a condition known as bald arch. In a rib-vaulted ceiling, keystones may mark the intersections of two or more arched ribs. For aesthetic purposes, the keystone is sometimes larger than the other voussoirs, or embellished with a boss. Mannerist architects of the 16th century often designed arches with enlarged and slightly dropped keystones, as in the "church house" entrance portal at Colditz Castle. Numerous examples are found in the work of Sebastiano Serlio, a 16th-century Italian Mannerist architect.
The numerical value of keystone in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of keystone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Keystone would have absolutely made a difference because it would have lowered the cost of Canadian crude to get to the markets that it needs to get to in order to be refined and shipped to be utilized here in the United States, and so by canceling Keystone, it artificially raises the price of Canadian oil and allows for the Russians to undercut that.
The fundamental question remains: Do Americans want to continue to import millions of barrels of oil every day from the Middle East and Venezuela or do they want to get their oil from North Dakota and Canada through Keystone XL? We believe the answer is clear and the choice is Keystone XL.
The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.
Keystone XL's unfortunate that political obstructionism led to the termination of Keystone XL, this is a blow to U.S. energy security and a blow to the thousands of good-paying union jobs this project would have supported.
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- حجر الزاويةArabic
- clau de voltaCatalan, Valencian
- Schlussstein, Scheitelstein, GrundpfeilerGerman
- piedra claveSpanish
- clé d'arc, clé de voute, clef d'arc, clef de voûteFrench
- ard-chlagh, ogherManx
- אבן הראשהHebrew
- chiave di voltaItalian
- sluitstuk, hoeksteenDutch
- klucz, filar, zwornik, podstawaPolish
- pedra angularPortuguese
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