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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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 And it's become one of the foundation stones upholding Republican dominance of state political offices. Jonece Starr Dunigan, AL.com, "Homicide investigation underway after woman found deceased in Calera home," 14 Jan. 2018 At the back of the open-air seating area, 16 golden shovels festooned with red bows poked from a circle of fine brown dirt, with a foundation stone at the center. Kyle Munson, USA TODAY, "Why China is building its own version of an Iowa farm," 23 Sep. 2017 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the Mumbai Metro project in June 2006. Saket Sundria, Bloomberg.com, "How to Make 8 Million Miserable Commuters Much Happier," 31 Aug. 2017

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1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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