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Definition 1: a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls - [noun denoting artifact]

(cornerstone is a kind of ...) building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose

"he wanted a special stone to mark the site"

(... is part of cornerstone) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

Definition 2: a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies - [noun denoting artifact]

(cornerstone is a kind of ...) building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose

"he wanted a special stone to mark the site"

(... is part of cornerstone) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

Definition 3: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where cornerstone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture

Synonyms for cornerstone in the sense of this definition

(cornerstone is a kind of ...) a hypothesis that is taken for granted

"any society is built upon certain assumptions"

(... is a kind of cornerstone ) the fundamental part

"successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"

(... is part of cornerstone) thought that makes something comprehensible

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