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stonework

[stohn-wurk] /ˈstoʊnˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
any construction, as walls or the like, of stone; stone masonry.
2.
the techniques, processes, work, or art of dressing, setting, or designing in stone.
3.
Usually, stoneworks. (usually used with a singular verb) a place where stone is dressed, as for building.
Origin of stonework
1000
before 1000; Middle English stoonwerk, Old English stānweorc. See stone, work
Related forms
stoneworker, noun
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Examples from the Web for stonework
Historical Examples
  • A piece of stonework that sneezes is far too like a man to be trusted.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • A river cairn is a solid pile of stonework, with, perhaps, a pole in the centre.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • In the corner of the cell there was a board let into the stonework.

  • Here there is great height, the arches are pointed, the stonework light.

    Chelsea

    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
  • The stonework is of soft grey, and the roof chiefly of well-coloured tiles.

    The Dukeries R. Murray Gilchrist
  • It was built of stonework like the church; that was the reason it had stood so long.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • The west porch is very handsomely ornamented with stonework.

    The Kensington District Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • We are, however, warned that the artist has represented the stonework a little too regularly.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • A man who was a liar undertook to do the stonework and concrete work for me.

  • The stonework of the arch had given way, and fallen in upon her.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
British Dictionary definitions for stonework

stonework

/ˈstəʊnˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
any structure or part of a building made of stone
2.
the process of dressing or setting stones
Derived Forms
stoneworker, noun
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