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[kap-stohn] /ˈkæpˌstoʊn/
a finishing stone of a structure.
the crowning achievement, point, element, or event.
Origin of capstone
1350-1400; Middle English. See cap1, stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Yet neither of those turnarounds could compare to the evening's you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me capstone.
  • Now comes the book he hopes will be the capstone of his career.
  • The capstone was the colossal new train station to be built in midtown.
  • Graduation is a capstone ceremony to celebrate the work of the matriculants in this centuries-old system.
  • In my capstone public-relations course, my students work with nonprofit organizations on publicity campaigns.
  • The curriculum could be structured better, with more capstone courses in the third year building on second-year prerequisites.
  • The capstone of the program is an intensive five-week, paid, advanced-research program held during the summer.
  • We are always looking for colleagues with good ideas for capstone topics or summer research projects.
  • Being able to pull together a respectable paper in three months all by ourselves was the capstone of our coming of age.
  • Our students must complete research papers, capstone projects and/or theses which often require heavy use of library resources.
British Dictionary definitions for capstone


one of a set of slabs on the top of a wall, building, etc
(mountaineering) a chockstone occurring at the top of a gully or chimney
a crowning achievement; peak: the capstone of his career
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Word Origin and History for capstone

also cap-stone, topmost stone in a construction, 1680s, from cap + stone (n.). Earliest use is figurative.

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