foundation stone
noun Date: 1628 1. a stone in the foundation of a building; especially such a stone laid with public ceremony — compare cornerstone 2. basis, groundwork

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  • foundation stone — foundation stones 1) N COUNT: oft with poss A foundation stone is a large block of stone built into a large public building near the bottom. It is often involved in a ceremony for the opening of the building, and has writing on it recording this …   English dictionary

  • foundation stone — ► NOUN ▪ a stone laid with ceremony to celebrate the founding of a building …   English terms dictionary

  • Foundation Stone — For other uses, see Cornerstone (disambiguation). The Stone south is towards the top of the image The Foundation Stone (Hebrew: אבן השתייה, translit. Even haShetiya) or Rock (Arabic: صخرة translit. Sakhrah, Hebrew: סלע translit.: Sela) is the… …   Wikipedia

  • foundation stone — noun a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the founding of a new building • Hypernyms: ↑stone • Part Holonyms: ↑building, ↑edifice * * * founˈdation stone [foundation stone foundation stones] …   Useful english dictionary

  • foundation stone — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms foundation stone : singular foundation stone plural foundation stones 1) a large stone with details of when a building was built, that is placed at the bottom of the building, usually as part of a ceremony 2)… …   English dictionary

  • foundation stone — stone which is part of a structure s foundation; basis …   English contemporary dictionary

  • foundation stone — foun dation .stone n 1.) a large stone that is placed at the base of a new building, usually by an important person as part of a ceremony 2.) the facts, ideas, principles etc that form the base from which something else develops ▪ Greek and Latin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foundation-stone — foundāˈtion stone noun One of the stones forming the foundation of a building, esp a stone laid with public ceremony • • • Main Entry: ↑found …   Useful english dictionary

  • foundation stone — noun (C) 1 a large stone placed at the bottom of an important building to show when it was built, usually as part of a ceremony 2 the facts, ideas, principles etc that form the base from which something else develops or begins: Greek and Latin… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • foundation stone — /faʊnˈdeɪʃən stoʊn/ (say fown dayshuhn stohn) noun 1. one of the stones forming the foundation of a building. 2. a stone, set in a building near ground level, usually bearing the date of setting and some commemorative inscription …   Australian English dictionary

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