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[stohn-wurk] /ˈstoʊnˌwɜrk/
any construction, as walls or the like, of stone; stone masonry.
the techniques, processes, work, or art of dressing, setting, or designing in stone.
Usually, stoneworks. (usually used with a singular verb) a place where stone is dressed, as for building.
Origin of stonework
before 1000; Middle English stoonwerk, Old English stānweorc. See stone, work
Related forms
stoneworker, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It is probable, then, that these chapels may be later than the rest—even in their stonework.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • A piece of stonework that sneezes is far too like a man to be trusted.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Paris, with its chaotic maze of stonework, shone as though under glass.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • A river cairn is a solid pile of stonework, with, perhaps, a pole in the centre.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • And this is due more than anything else to the unbroken lines of the stonework, to which everything is kept in due subordination.

  • In the corner of the cell there was a board let into the stonework.

  • The water lay black and still, and there was no sound but the lapping of the little waves against the stonework.

  • Here there is great height, the arches are pointed, the stonework light.

    Chelsea G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
  • The stonework is of soft grey, and the roof chiefly of well-coloured tiles.

    The Dukeries R. Murray Gilchrist
  • What study, what researches are necessary in order to comprehend the art of stonework!

British Dictionary definitions for stonework


any structure or part of a building made of stone
the process of dressing or setting stones
Derived Forms
stoneworker, noun
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