keystone

[ kee-stohn ]
/ ˈkiˌstoʊn /

noun

the wedge-shaped piece at the summit of an arch, regarded as holding the other pieces in place.
something on which associated things depend: the keystone of one's philosophy.
Also called keystone sack .Baseball Slang. second base (def. 1).

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Origin of keystone

First recorded in 1630–40; key1 + stone
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British Dictionary definitions for keystone

keystone
/ (ˈkiːˌstəʊn) /

noun

Also called: headstone, quoin the central stone at the top of an arch or the top stone of a dome or vault
something that is necessary to connect or support a number of other related things
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