foundation stonenoun [ C ]uk /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən ˌstəʊn/ us /faʊnˈdeɪ.ʃən ˌstoʊn/
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- I had followed in his footsteps by giving my native town a library—its foundation stone laid by my mother—so that this public library was really my first gift.
- Of the house which he himself built, on a distant knoll of the home farm, nothing now remains but the cellar and foundation stones, near which is the well he dug, now choked with rubbish and overgrown with brambles.
- The third treats of the ceremonies observed at laying the foundation stones of public structures.
- To remove a foundation stone is a delicate and difficult operation.
- With indefatigable perseverance he opened museums, laid the foundation stones of hospitals, made speeches to the Royal Agricultural Society, and attended meetings of the British Association.