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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.
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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.
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In the film, Richard fails to live up to his stoneworker surname.
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In addition, it's a stoneworker's handbook, because the author himself is a stoneworker (born in Canada, based in France) with several decades of experience.
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In the middle of 1823 Gough took over from a master mason the hiring fee of John Hartley, a stoneworker from Lancashire, a labourer where roofs were concerned, but valuable for other commissions.
After two months of looking for work, former stoneworker Juha (Tommi Korpela) is turning desperate, posting fliers for odd jobs at the local cafe.
One of my brothers, Doug, was a stoneworker and he got pounds 20 per week whereas I got less than half that," he says.
Similarly, in The Road to Nowhere, in the story Futroz tells his guests about the innkeeper Piggins, (35) he has a premonition after Gent's departure: 'All day the words of the strange stoneworker would not leave the inn-keeper's head' (p.
PAINSTAKING: Stoneworker Thomas Brennan at work on Castell Dinas Bran Picture: STACEY ROBERTS