• WordNet 3.6
    • n headstone a stone that is used to mark a grave
    • n headstone the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Jefferson had three achievements placed on his headstone at his request, "Here Was Buried Thomas Jefferson/Author Of The Declaration Of American Independence/Of The Statute Of Virginia For Religious Freedom/And Father Of The University of Virginia.? He never mentioned being President of the United States
    • Headstone The principal stone in a foundation; the chief or corner stone.
    • Headstone The stone at the head of a grave.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n headstone The principal stone in a foundation; the chief stone, as the corner-stone of a building, or the keystone of an arch. See cut under arch.
    • n headstone A stone, usually inscribed, set at the head of a grave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Headstone the principal stone of a building: the corner-stone: the stone at the head of a grave
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  • James Russell Lowell
    “As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new -- and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héafod, Dut. hoofd, Ger. haupt.


In literature:

They were sitting together on the ground, she leaning against a headstone.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
There are no headstones in this cemetery, and no sacristan holds its records.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Do I not know that ancient graveyard, and what names are on its headstones?
"Four Americans" by Henry A. Beers
There were many marble headstones and shafts, and two broad low tombs side by side and a little apart from the others.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
Beside the doorstep rose a granite headstone.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
I said I would keep Uncle Hezekiah's headstone.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
I wonder who pays for the headstones?
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
A granite block stood now as marker for Patrick Casey's resting-place, carved with the words that Mormon had chalked on the wooden headstone.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Auguste had already made arrangements to have Pierre's headstone carved.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The headstones were wooden, painted white, with inscriptions in black or gilt lettering.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various

In poetry:

"So, even in the grave?"
- "Under a headstone, too."
"I can't sing!"
- "Sing about that!
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Yet pause by one low mound, and part
The wild vines o'er it laced,
And read the words by rustic art
Upon its headstone traced.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As life runs on, the road grows strange
With faces new, and near the end
The milestones into headstones change,
'Neath every one a friend.
"Inscriptions" by James Russell Lowell
The gray slate headstones frightened you,
    When from Christ Church your father brought
You here on Sunday afternoon,
    And told you that this world was nought;
"A Child's Grave" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Sadly flows the willow tree
On the hill so dear, yet dread,
Where the resting-places be,
Of our dear ones that are dead --
Where the mossy headstones be,
Of my early playmates dead.
"Fire Pictures" by Alice Cary
"I'll give you anything you crave:
A great, high headstone to your grave,
A salary, a scarlet coat,
A handsome wife, a house, a vote,
A title, or a humbled foe."
But Sym said, "No," and ever, "No."
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

At noon the next day, anyone willing to volunteer can lay them beside the grave markers and headstones of the veterans of many different wars.
This photo shows a child's headstone at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Bluesman Tommy Johnson getting headstone on his grave more than half century after dying.
Headstone placed on grave of 'Rascals' star.
After 60 years of anonymity, Henrietta Lacks has a headstone .
While others bowed their heads Saturday as a minister prayed over Henrietta Lacks' grave, her oldest son, Lawrence, could only stare at his mother's new headstone .
On Saturday, Vialys drove to the lot — near East Alameda Avenue and South Quebec Street, where several dozen headstones remained in knee-high weeds — and loaded Ebel's up.
Watson shuttered abruptly last year, leaving at least 17 people unable to pick up headstones they paid for.
James Long, a cousin to members of the Joseph Smith, Sr. Family Association, prepares the original headstone of Asael Smith to be inset into a new granite marker.
A resident called police July 17 after seeing someone attempt to sell a headstone at the Medina Antique Mall.
Thanks to the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery, Redmond and Cardwell Dalton, whose graves were almost overgrown, now have new headstones .
Following an investigation, Park City Police have a better idea why a headstone fell at the Glenwood Cemetery about two weeks ago, fatally injuring a 4-year-old.
Landscapers unearth bones, headstone pieces at Mishawaka business.
Death may be permanent, but headstones are always changing.
Headstones are the very mark of solidity.