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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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Examples from the web for stonework
  • On the north wall, there is a rough stonework fireplace.
  • Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible more.
  • Its cupola is made of pressed metal designed to match the stonework of the building.
  • All roof cornices or other ornamental stonework must be removed prior to pulling walls down.
  • Wrought iron binders were placed through the stonework and tightened to secure the walls.
  • The ashlar stonework of the complex is of exceptionally good quality with the names of the buildings inscribed in the stonework.
  • In many cases, a concrete facing has been cast directly against the stonework.
  • Depending on the details of the work, the stonework may either be completely hidden or left in some detectable form.
  • It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal with a foundation in the shape of an irregular eleven-pointed star.
  • Occasionally found in human-inhabited areas with boulders or old 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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