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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.
Talking to a four member delegation of Azerbaijan, who called on him at his chamber in National Assembly, he said enhancing regional cooperation was corner stone of Pakistan's foreign policy.
This will become the corner stone in creating a more sustainable environment and a happier society.
She further expressed a resolve and commitment towards the democracy which she believed is the corner stone of existence and pre-requisite for the development of Pakistan.
Ali Akbar Salehi, President of Iran's Nuclear Energy Organization, said the city of Bushehr would witness placement of the corner stone of two nuclear reactors with attendance of Alexey Likhachev, CEO of Rosatom.
The market will provide residents with easy access to community facilities and retail options, and will be built by Corner Stone Property Management.
Patriarch Rahi's words came during the celebration of laying the corner stone for the Monastery of Divine Mercy in Kanat through the donation of Michel Chaiban Nicolas.
He added that the corner stone for the project of Kurdish state is in internal conformity and unity , wishing that the officials of the Kurdistan region doe not wait for time to overcome the crises.
If the laying of one corner stone of a Greenfield investment by a foreign company can be called a chance or luck, the laying of the foundations and the opening of 50 foreign investments is the result of a job well done by the entire government team," said Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Pesevski.
The Snowdrop Corner stone remembers all loved ones buried there, while the Butterfly Garden stone is specifically inscribed in Vera's memory.