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  • n  the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  • n  a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies
  • n  a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls

  • After four months of debate the Allied Control Council laid the cornerstone of Germany's future economy: Germany will be allowed a maximum production of 5,800,000 tons of steel a .
  • Last week, Governor Smith of New York journeyed down the Hudson to Manhattan to lay one of the numerous cornerstones for which the gubernatorial trowel is thought appropriate.
  • Last week Pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick, liberalist extraordinary, saw one of his dearest ambitions approach its fulfillment when the cornerstone of his new Park Avenue Baptist .
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  • Barack Obama in Bloomberg
    She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength and humility,Obama said in a statement released by his campaign. "She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world...
  • Joe Biden in Globe and Mail
    The cornerstone of the relationship is our absolute, total, unvarnished commitment to Israel's security,Mr. Biden said.
  • Nancy Pelosi in FOXNews
    Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that the auto efficiency increases "will serve as the cornerstone" of the energy bill she intends to bring up for a vote next week.

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