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1. The technique or process of working in stone.
2. Work made of stone; stonemasonry.

stone′work′er n.


1. (Building) any structure or part of a building made of stone
2. (Building) the process of dressing or setting stones
ˈstoneˌworker n



1. a construction built of stone; stone masonry.
2. the process or art of dressing, setting, or designing in stone.
3. Usu., stoneworks. (usu. with a sing. v.) a place where stone is dressed, as for building.
[before 1000]
stone′work`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stonework - masonry done with stonestonework - masonry done with stone    
cyclopean masonry - a primitive style of masonry characterized by use of massive stones of irregular shape and size
masonry - structure built of stone or brick by a mason
مَبْنى حَجَري
kamenné zdivo
vinna viî steinsmíîi
kamenné murivo
taş işleme


[ˈstəʊnwɜːk] Ncantería f


[ˈstəʊnwɜːrk] nmaçonnerie f


[ˈstəʊnˌwɜːk] nlavoro in muratura


(stəun) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) the material of which rocks are composed. limestone; sandstone; a stone house; stone walls; In early times, men made tools out of stone.
2. a piece of this, of any shape or size. He threw a stone at the dog.
3. a piece of this shaped for a special purpose. a tombstone; paving-stones; a grindstone.
4. a gem or jewel. She lost the stone out of her ring; diamonds, rubies and other stones.
5. the hard shell containing the nut or seed in some fruits eg peaches and cherries. a cherry-stone.
6. a measure of weight still used in Britain, equal to 6.35 kilogrammes. She weighs 9.5 stone.
7. a piece of hard material that forms in the kidney, bladder etc and causes pain.
1. to throw stones at, especially as a ritual punishment. Saint Stephen was stoned to death.
2. to remove the stones from (fruit). She washed and stoned the cherries.
ˈstony adjective
1. full of, or covered with, stones. stony soil; a stony path/beach; It's very stony around here.
2. (of a person's expression etc) like stone in coldness, hardness etc. He gave me a stony stare.
ˈstonily adverb
ˈstoniness noun
ˌstone-ˈcold, ˌstone-ˈdead, ˌstone-ˈdeaf adjective
completely cold, dead, or deaf. He's almost stone-deaf; Your soup is stone-cold. He was stone-dead.
ˈstoneware noun, adjective
(of) a hard type of pottery made of clay containing pieces of stone. a stoneware jug.
ˈstonework noun
construction done in stone, especially the stone parts of a building.
leave no stone unturned
to try every possible means. The police left no stone unturned to (try to) find the child.
a stone's throw
a very short distance. They live only a stone's throw away from here.
References in classic literature ?
Neither of these lower rooms is lighted except from a hole in the floor of the third story; the room in which, as well as in that above it, is finished with compact smooth stonework, both having chimney-pieces, with an arch resting on triple clustered pillars.
There was a fireplace big enough to camp in; and its projecting sides and hood, of carved and pillared stonework, had the look of a cathedral door.
The rent, torn, and dislocated stonework looked worse than before; the upheaved foundations, the piled-up fragments of masonry, the fissures in the torn earth--all were at the worst.
My host, who stood on one side of the great fireplace, leaning against the stonework, made a graceful wave of his hand to the table, and said, "I pray you, be seated and sup how you please.
They paused, however, at the bridge, and, leaning their elbows upon the stonework, they stood looking down at their own faces in the glassy stream, and at the swift flash of speckled trout against the tawny gravel.
Anyhow, it was always stuck in the stonework there; and I suppose it came out when the thing collapsed."
Surveyors have discovered that part of the stonework at Sweetheart Abbey is unsafe.
However, now the worsening condition of the stonework has resulted in the council's plans to install the 1.33 metre high barriers, despite admitting they are unsympathetic to the almost 200-year-old structure.
Pigeon droppings have a corrosive effect on ancient stonework - and the birds are also known to sometimes eat mortar, for the grit they need in their diet.
Their droppings are not just a health risk but are also damaging the ancient stonework in buildings such as the Tamworth Castle and St Editha's church.
At this stage, any potential long-term impact to the stonework is unclear, but this is something we will be looking into further.
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