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stonework

Syllabification: stone·work
Pronunciation: /ˈstōnˌwərk
 
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Definition of stonework in English:

noun

1The parts of a building that are made of stone.
Example sentences
  • They were never fond of the cramped, partitioned rooms with their low, timbered ceilings and heavy stonework, but the family quickly grew attached to the friendly neighborhood.
  • The properties at the top of the main building will have original stonework and vaulted ceilings exposing original beams.
  • As a millennium project it was decided to clad the concrete porch structure with stone so that it would blend in with the beautiful stonework of the main building.
1.1The work of a mason: a masterpiece of clever stonework
More example sentences
  • Unlike the subtle white and cream stonework that would be employed by the masons of northern realms, the Rim palace was built of a dark material that had nothing of the airy grace and coolness of northern buildings.
  • There had been no datable finds from the first excavation, but the quality of stonework was so good that the excavators thought the buildings must be contemporary with brochs.
  • Graves these days are often marked with no more than concrete crosses, but some still exhibit elaborate stonework that reflect Portuguese influence.

Derivatives

stoneworker

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The deputy highlighted ‘the wealth of people with expertise and experience’ available within his department, such as plasterers and stoneworkers.
  • I take a hammer to the concrete that is keeping my barn doors from closing and develop an entirely new appreciation for stoneworkers.
  • The pietre dure technique spread as far as India during the seventeenth century thanks to Florentine stoneworkers lured to the Mogul court by the hope of riches.

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