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foundation stone

noun
1.
any of the stones composing the foundation of a building.
2.
a cornerstone.
Origin of foundation stone
1645-1655
1645-55
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  • Hence Patrick's motive in desiring the death of Rice is the foundation stone of the case against him.

  • To us is it to lay every foundation stone of our future greatness.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • This principle of obedience is the foundation stone of Japanese family life.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • He goes to the quarry to seek a stone, a foundation stone for Zion.

  • But Klaus Heinrich undertook the laying of the foundation stone.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • The foundation stone was laid on the 23rd of April, 1902, with full Masonic honours.

  • Two years later, on June 29th, the laying of the foundation stone of the chapel took place.

    The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval A. Leblond de Brumath
  • The foundation stone of the new building was laid by the Hon. Geo.

  • I have already made myself responsible for the statement: "Lying has always been the foundation stone of German policy."

    What Germany Thinks Thomas F. A. Smith
  • Rome wasn't built in a day, but I've laid the foundation stone.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for foundation stone

foundation stone

noun
1.
a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the foundation of a new building
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