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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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 The 1906 earthquake toppled or knocked askew thousands of tombstones and statues, increasing the cemeteries’ eldritch appearance. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lively, lengthy battle over where to bury SF’s dead," 30 Mar. 2018 They also are remembered by David Lee Preston, who is now my boss, but who as an Inquirer columnist discovered the tombstone in 1994 and wrote about it. Stu Bykofsky,, "Why a tombstone in a South Jersey military cemetery has both a Star of David and a cross | Stu Bykofsky," 25 May 2018 The dead could be buried at potter’s fields like Washington Square, but the city forbade any tombstones to mark those interred there. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 Their names have been recorded on Pages of Testimony, which serves as tombstones. Simon Perry,, "Prince William Visits Holocaust Memorial in Israel: I'm 'Trying to Comprehend the Scale'," 26 June 2018 Officials are working to clean up the vandalism before a Memorial Day event on Monday and plan to power wash the tombstones to clean them. CBS News, "Over 200 headstones spray-painted with swastikas at Illinois cemetery," 26 May 2018 Even his tombstone repeats a lie; he wasn’t born in 1895. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Politics of John Ford’s Cinema," 31 Jan. 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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