ma·​son·​ry | \ ˈmā-sᵊn-rē How to pronounce masonry (audio) \
plural masonries

Definition of masonry

1a : something constructed of materials used by masons
b : the art, trade, or occupation of a mason
c : work done by a mason
2 capitalized : freemasonry

Examples of masonry in a Sentence

a structure built of masonry
Recent Examples on the Web The installation’s canted, faux-masonry walls introduce a note of funhouse distortion and disorientation, inviting visitors to crouch through diagonally-slanting arched doorways. Steven Litt, cleveland, 24 July 2022 The building also has seriously outmoded electrical and plumbing systems, masonry with crumbling mortar that needs repointing, recurrent roof leaks, and no air-conditioning. Steven Litt, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2022 Most unreinforced-masonry buildings9 in Portland and Seattle can survive a 45-second quake, like the magnitude-6.8 Nisqually quake that hit Seattle in 2001. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 And then the work gets more hands-on, as they're taught the basics of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, masonry and more. Kathleen Toner, CNN, 19 May 2022 Like its name suggests, the Behr Premium Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco, and Brick paint is an excellent exterior paint choice for masonry. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 For masonry, pre-drill holes and use anchors that have plastic sleeves, which press against the brick or block and hold a center screw in place. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 These buildings, with load-bearing walls made of brick or masonry, were typical in the early 1900s. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 To repair all the roofs covering the recreation center, natatorium and City Hall, and also to restore failing masonry walls surrounding the former indoor swimming pools, would cost approximately $8 million. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of masonry

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Aug 2022

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“Masonry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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ma·​son·​ry | \ ˈmā-sᵊn-rē How to pronounce masonry (audio) \
plural masonries

Kids Definition of masonry

1 : something built of stone or brick
2 : the work done using stone or brick
3 : the art, trade, or occupation of a mason

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