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English noun: cornerstone

1. cornerstone (cognition) the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

SamplesThe whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture.

Synonymsbase, basis, foundation, fundament, groundwork

Broader (hypernym)assumption, supposal, supposition

Narrower (hyponym)meat and potatoes

Part meronymexplanation

2. cornerstone (artifact) a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

Broader (hypernym)stone

Part meronymbuilding, edifice

3. cornerstone (artifact) a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls

Broader (hypernym)stone

Part meronymbuilding, edifice

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