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keystone

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈkiːstəʊn/
the most important part of a plan, idea, etc. on which everything else depends: Selling overseas has been, and always will remain, one of the keystones of our national prosperity. A keystone of its corporate strategy is to invest in people, technology, and training to create a brand.
Translations of “keystone”
in Chinese (Traditional) 石, 拱頂石, 塞縫石…
in Chinese (Simplified) 石, 拱顶石, 塞缝石…
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