a finishing stone of a structure.
the crowning achievement, point, element, or event.
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How to use capstone in a sentence
Just to be sure, they hoisted the capstone and looked on its underside.The statue of Robert E. Lee is gone, but the mystery of the time capsule persists | Gregory S. Schneider | September 9, 2021 | Washington Post
It was a capstone to a career that saw him top the Yankees charts in hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases, hit-by-pitches, at-bats and games.Derek Jeter talks family, winning and his one non-voter in Hall of Fame induction speech | Glynn A. Hill | September 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Signed in August 1965, the Voting Rights Act marked the capstone of the civil rights era.Activism spurred political leadership on civil rights once. Will it happen again? | Patricia Sullivan | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
That is often missing in rural America, where communities like Lindsay’s can treat high school as a capstone, not a steppingstone.How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local. | Laura Pappano | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
The tenth and final flight of the Gemini series, it was by any measure a perfect capstone.SpaceX's Crewed Launch Continues What NASA's Gemini Astronauts Started | Jeffrey Kluger | November 16, 2020 | Time
But for Carter, this is a capstone to a career spent in the decidedly unsexy corridors of Pentagon power.Ashton Carter, the Wonk Who Would Lead the Pentagon | Shane Harris, Tim Mak | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the western side of the capstone is the history of the construction.
Cantor said he sees the election of de Blasio as the capstone of a transformational year for the progressive movement.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy | David Freedlander | November 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once a favorite to replace Clinton at State, he is a contender for Defense Secretary as a capstone to his long legislative career.Will Michele Flournoy Become the First Female Defense Secretary? | Eleanor Clift | November 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think this was a capstone to the major military project of his term.‘The Finish’: Mark Bowden on the Hunt for Osama bin Laden | Doug Stanton | October 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tower and spire are almost the same height, together giving to the capstone an elevation of 273 feet.
It is for them to put the capstone upon the sublime structure.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20) | Charles Sumner
They had climbed the capstone of her pyramid, her sun had touched its zenith, and her last word was said!The Transgression of Andrew Vane | Guy Wetmore Carryl
The idea in itself attracted him, as a fitting capstone to his resolve not to go home to supper.The Damnation of Theron Ware | Harold Frederic
The promontory is connected with a still bolder and loftier headland, the capstone Rock.England, Picturesque and Descriptive | Joel Cook
British Dictionary definitions for capstone
one of a set of slabs on the top of a wall, building, etc
mountaineering a chockstone occurring at the top of a gully or chimney
a crowning achievement; peak: the capstone of his career
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