stereotomy

[ ster-ee-ot-uh-mee, steer- ]
/ ˌstɛr iˈɒt ə mi, ˌstɪər- /

noun

the technique of cutting solids, as stones, to specified forms and dimensions.

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Origin of stereotomy

First recorded in 1720–30; stereo- + -tomy

OTHER WORDS FROM stereotomy

ster·e·o·tom·ic [ster-ee-uh-tom-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr i əˈtɒm ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, ster·e·o·tom·i·cal, adjectivester·e·ot·o·mist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stereotomy

stereotomy
/ (ˌstɛrɪˈɒtəmɪ, ˌstɪər-) /

noun

the art of cutting three-dimensional solids into particular shapes

Word Origin for stereotomy

C18: from French stéréotomie. See stereo-, -tomy
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