tomb·​stone | \ˈtüm-ˌstōn \

Definition of tombstone 

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geographical name
Tomb·​stone | \ˈtüm-ˌstōn \

Definition of Tombstone (Entry 2 of 2)

city in the southeastern corner of Arizona population 1380

Note: Tombstone was site of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.

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Synonyms for tombstone

Synonyms: Noun

gravestone, headstone, monument, stone

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Examples of tombstone in a Sentence


the historic cemetery's many tombstones marking the graves of children are telling reminders of the harshness of pioneer life

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Putting a tombstone on this season would be foolish given how history has humiliated such declarations, but ending the 17-year playoff drought is looking slimmer by the day. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after lack of options at the trade deadline," 20 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, store associates staged mock funerals in the lobby of Bain’s corporate headquarters for Toys R Us, holding a giant tombstone of Geoffrey. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why bankrupt Toys R Us might not be dead after all," 3 Oct. 2018 Photo: massimo percossi/epa-efe/rex/Shutterstock Morning light shines on a French soldier's tombstone at the cemetery outside Douaumont ossuary, a World War I memorial near Verdun, France, on Nov. 7. WSJ, "Europe Marks 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I," 11 Nov. 2018 This rhinos’ desperate plight is heightened by a visit to Ol Pejeta’s rhino cemetery, on a wide grassy plain, where 18 tombstones mark the graves of rhinos. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 Franco, who died in 1975, is in a tomb in the basilica's central nave beneath a 1.5-metric ton tombstone. Fox News, "Spain sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 2018 Even things that can’t be directly manipulated, like a puzzle face’s colorful tombstone teeth, respond to your virtual touch. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing," 12 Aug. 2018 Police stand guard outside the shrine while a group of men circle a tombstone inside, silently praying for the descendants of Prophet Muhammad who are believed to be buried here. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Arguing that the Cenotaph is a symbolic tombstone of the defenders, whose bodies were burned after the battle, some have said it should be repaired but left in its present spot in Alamo Plaza. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Four proposed changes to Alamo Plaza likely to stir most debate," 16 June 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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