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

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This case was the capstone of a series of controversies in which the Court had engaged in a tug of war with the presidency and the Congress over the rights of enemy combatants detained in the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 After doing the same with the symphonies of Beethoven and Jean Sibelius, Mahler will act as the capstone on their collaboration. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Emotional extremes fill Minnesota Orchestra’s season-closing Mahler," 13 June 2019 Her capstone for her master’s degree in information science at the University of North Carolina used Jeopardy! clues to assess how wording and length in trivia questions could impact their difficulty. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Who Is Emma Boettcher? Meet the Strategic Librarian Who Dethroned Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer," 4 June 2019 In 2015, her career highlight of calling the Women’s World Cup in Canada came with a capstone. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Stillwater native, United announcer Kyndra de St. Aubin preps for second Women’s World Cup," 6 June 2019 The event is a capstone project for an entire year of service learning for 50 IWA seventh-graders. Carol Kovach,, "75th anniversary of D-Day commemorated at Cuyahoga Community College: Sun Postings," 3 June 2019 The USA Women's Hockey Team won gold—and fair pay The U.S. women’s hockey team’s win at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a perfect capstone on the season—and their fight for equality. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 Mangana has done extensive research on VR and is working on a capstone project focused on integrating the technology into education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Virtual reality developers aim to spark tech boom in the Deep South," 14 July 2018 The big climate shindig — three days of meetings, exhibitions, and gladhanding with big names in climate policy from around the world — will, among other things, serve as a kind of capstone celebration of Brown’s climate legacy. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018

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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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