capstone

[ kap-stohn ]
/ ˈkæpˌstoʊn /

noun

a finishing stone of a structure.
the crowning achievement, point, element, or event.

Nearby words

  1. capsomere,
  2. capstan,
  3. capstan bar,
  4. capstan lathe,
  5. capstan table,
  6. capsula,
  7. capsula fibrosa,
  8. capsular,
  9. capsular antigen,
  10. capsular cataract

Origin of capstone

1350–1400; Middle English. See cap1, stone

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British Dictionary definitions for capstone

capstone

copestone (ˈkəʊpˌstəʊn)

/ (ˈkæpˌstəʊn) /

noun

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; peakthe capstone of his career
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Word Origin and History for capstone

capstone

n.

also cap-stone, topmost stone in a construction, 1680s, from cap + stone (n.). Earliest use is figurative.

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