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[ster-ee-ot-uh-mee, steer-]
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  1. 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
Related formsster·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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Historical Examples

  • It consisted in a division of the cube, or, as he called it, the stereotomy of the cube.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843


British Dictionary definitions for stereotomy


  1. the art of cutting three-dimensional solids into particular shapes
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Word Origin

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