stone·​work | \ ˈstōn-ˌwərk How to pronounce stonework (audio) \

Definition of stonework

1 : a structure or part built of stone : masonry
2 : the shaping, preparation, or setting of stone

Examples of stonework in a Sentence

The stonework on this house is over 100 years old.
Recent Examples on the Web Every couple of years, the state applies a sealant around the glass blocks and caulks around the surrounding stonework. Washington Post, "‘The ghost of Sally Hemings’: A stubborn leak haunts tribute to Jefferson’s architectural genius," 2 Dec. 2019 What’s more, the backyard features custom stonework, an outdoor speaker system, and an incredible four-season swimming pool with an indoor/outdoor entrance that allows pool-goers to forgo the cold winter air. Liv Sotheby's International Realty, The Denver Post, "A timeless luxury, 375 Mill Creek Circle is Vail’s premier ski-in/ski-out property," 20 Dec. 2019 Whatever the disruption to worshippers, the filming enabled 150m people to enjoy footage of the ancient stonework. The Economist, "The root of all fun Cash-strapped English cathedrals become temples of enjoyment," 10 Oct. 2019 Through the years admirers covered the Wilde stonework, designed by sculptor Jacob Epstein, with graffiti. Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times, "Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison live on here: A stroll through Père-Lachaise Cemetery," 23 Oct. 2019 The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is known for its marvelous stonework. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Machu Picchu was hit by strong earthquakes during construction," 22 Oct. 2019 The setting, a seaside mansion built in 1928 for a Chicago industrialist, is a glorious stand-in for the real deal, with its rolling green lawns and impressive stonework. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, and Laura Carmichael's Grand Return to Downton Abbey," 16 Sep. 2019 The only gripe was that early friars failed to foresee that the thick medieval stonework would one day interfere with Wi-Fi. The Economist, "Popenomics," 7 Sep. 2019 Lengths of plastic sheeting and nets now shelter parts of the cathedral from rain, dust and in June a severe heat wave that accelerated the damage to the stonework. Vivienne Walt / Paris, Time, "Inside the Fight Over How Notre Dame Should Rise From the Ashes," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of stonework

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Stonework.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stonework

: a structure or part of a structure that is built of stone

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