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also corner stone  (kôr′nər-stōn′)
a. A stone at the corner of a building uniting two intersecting walls; a quoin.
b. Such a stone when inscribed with the date of the start of the construction of the building.
2. An indispensable and fundamental basis: the cornerstone of an argument.
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Here Richard laid the corner stone, with suitable gravity, amidst an assemblage of more than half the men, and all the women, within ten miles of Templeton.
Upon a corner stone in an angle of the wall, one prisoner, who seemed to have gone to execution, had cut as his last work, three letters.
This was destroyed by fire in 1543, and some of its smoke-blackened corner stones were used when, in Jacobean times, a brick country house rose upon the ruins of the feudal castle.
Pakistan seeks peace and strategic stability in the South Asia as corner stone of its policy and considers conflict resolution as a means to achieve this end, the spokesperson said.
TimberChase is Trade Winds' third multifamily acquisition in Alabama in the last 18 months, joining Corner Stone and Maplewood.
Bassil stressed the importance of effectively activating the relations between Lebanon and Mexico which would start this year and which would be a corner stone in the relation between the two countries.
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) President Prince Sultan bin Salman said, "The Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is corner stone of our faith as the Kingdom has distinction of being the cradle of Islam.
Jean also says that the love of God is the corner stone of all religions, but many religions have multiple "gods" or regard prophets in the same way as a god.
Since 1992 this approach had become the corner stone of all harmonized EC health and safety legislation and standards as well as being the essential element in building safety case.
The corner stone of another project was laid down to build 265 houses in the province.
When you are older with your children and a wife, It's always nice to return there, a corner stone of life.
The 'Pakistan Resolution' is believed to be the epitome of the goal-orientated untiring and unfailing struggle of Indian Muslims and it became corner stone for accomplishment of the dreams of father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's as for an independent state for the Muslims of the sub-continent.