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[kohp-stohn] /ˈkoʊpˌstoʊn/
the top stone of a building or other structure.
a stone used for or in coping.
the crown or completion; finishing touch.
Origin of copestone
1560-70; cope2 + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The copestone which Absalom put on his plot when all was ripe for execution was of a piece with the whole undertaking.

  • For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The horrid shrieks of the Chouette served to place the copestone on the fury of the Schoolmaster.

  • The edifice of German nationality still requires the copestone for the completion of the structure.

  • It was reserved to his successor to raise it, as the martyr had predicted it would be raised, even to the copestone.

    The Scottish Reformation Alexander F. Mitchell
  • The justices and councilors of a supreme court, the copestone of the judiciary, were nominated by the same body.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Then Mrs. Ross did something more wonderful than all this—the very climax and copestone of her unwonted melting of heart.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Abruptly he swung his feet down from the copestone to the floor of the veranda.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • The universe is finished; the copestone is on, and the chips were carted off a million years ago.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for copestone


Also called coping stone. a stone used to form a coping
Also called capstone. the stone at the top of a building, wall, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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