foundation stone

noun

Definition of foundation stone

1 : a stone in the foundation of a building especially : such a stone laid with public ceremony — compare cornerstone

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In 2016, a foundation stone laid by Leopold II at Queen Mary University in London was removed. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Museumgoer Spots a Misidentified Portrait of Rodin," 7 June 2019 On the Calcutta Maidan, or central parade ground, one morning in January 1906, the Prince of Wales tapped into place the foundation stone of British India’s most self-aggrandizing monument. Maya Jasanoff, The New York Review of Books, "Lost Calcutta," 23 May 2019 Meanwhile, in a deep sense, the foundation stone of the conservative movement’s grip on the Supreme Court is that poor health forced Thurgood Marshall to resign in October 1991, allowing H.W. Bush to replace him with Clarence Thomas. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Superior ruthlessness isn’t why Republicans control the Supreme Court," 9 Oct. 2018 The Philadelphia 76ers are building out from the twin foundation stones of Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. Michael Powell, New York Times, "David Fizdale Is Totally Going to Save the Knicks," 4 May 2018 Erdogan eagerly associates himself with new stadiums—laying foundation stones, presiding over openings, even playing in exhibition matches. Patrick Keddie, The New Republic, "Understanding Authoritarianism Through Soccer," 7 May 2018 Though seven more years would pass before the foundation stone was laid, Wren’s new cathedral would be England’s first built since the Reformation and its first non-Gothic one. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "A Symbol of Britain’s Will to Survive," 11 May 2018 But New Westminster was abandoned just eleven years after the foundation stone of the governor’s house was put in place, while New Plymouth went on to become a beacon of righteous autonomy for the generations that succeeded the Pilgrim fathers. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Island that Disappeared," 20 Mar. 2018 Remnants of this period on Sapelo still resonate in the foundation stones, earthworks and with the Sapelonians themselves. Brett Mcnish, Smithsonian, "A Smithsonian Horticulturist Goes on a Quest for an Historic Seedling," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of foundation stone

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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