cap·​stone | \ ˈkap-ˌstōn How to pronounce capstone (audio) \

Definition of capstone

1 : a coping stone : coping
2 : the high point : crowning achievement the capstone of her career

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Examples of capstone in a Sentence

her election as the state's first woman governor was a capstone of a long political career
Recent Examples on the Web Priority for in-person classes will be given to some courses, including labs and senior capstone projects, according to the email obtained by The Baltimore Sun. USA TODAY, "Scary spikes, missed warnings, saliva tests: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2020 The capstone of the July astronomy calendar will be marked by two meteor showers peaking on the same night. Derek Van Dam, CNN, "Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead," 4 July 2020 The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 was the capstone to Johnson’s Great Society. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Trump Declared Himself the 'President of Law and Order.' Here's What People Get Wrong About the Origins of That Idea," 2 June 2020 Friday, the student of urban and regional development will turn in his capstone project that proposes how public-private partnerships can best incentivize affordable housing. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 wrecked Pro Days, so NFL draft hopefuls turned to 10-hour drives, bags of ice and vegetables," 20 Apr. 2020 The feat won him Powder’s Line of the Year, a capstone to a long career at the pinnacle of skiing. John Clary Davies, Outside Online, "Legendary Skier Dean Cummings Charged with Murder," 6 Mar. 2020 The site, which dates between 3500 to 2500 B.C., is the remains of a Neolithic dolmen, a type of megalithic tomb that likely had four large upright stones that supported a large horizontal capstone. Fox News, "Ancient Stonehenge-style stone defaced with 'alien' graffiti," 9 Jan. 2020 Either way, for the EAG, Redonda is already a capstone in decades of rewilding work. National Geographic, "Ravenous wild goats ruled this island for over a century. Now, it's being reborn.," 2 Jan. 2020 But if a recession is coming, the WeWork IPO filing, out this week, will be a fitting capstone for the peak. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Weirdness of WeWork’s IPO Filing: CEO Daily," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of capstone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capstone

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13 Jul 2020

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“Capstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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