ashlar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ashlar a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ashlar (Masonry) Hewn or squared stone; also, masonry made of squared or hewn stone.
    • Ashlar (Masonry) In the United States especially, a thin facing of squared and dressed stone upon a wall of rubble or brick.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ashlar See ashler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ashlar ash′lar hewn or squared stone used in facing a wall, as distinguished from rough, as it comes from the quarry—also in Ash′lar-work, as opposed to Rubble-work
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ascheler, achiler, OF. aiseler, fr. aiselle, dim. of ais, plank, fr. L. axis, assis, plank, axle. See Axle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aiseler—L. axillaris, axilla, dim. of axis, assis, axle; also plank (cf. Fr. ais, It. asse.

Usage

In literature:

Was it wise to quit the bosky verdures of Brienne, and thy new ashlar Chateau there, and what it held, for this?
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
The plaza was surrounded by long, thatched buildings of adobe and stone, mostly of rough ashlars.
"Inca Land" by Hiram Bingham
It is built of rubble masonry, with ashlar facework, laid in hydraulic mortar.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887" by Various
The rough ashlar is the profane, the perfect ashlar is the initiate.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
Describe "rubble" masonry, "ashlar" masonry, and "broken ashlar" masonry.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886" by Various
The dam has been constructed of granite ashlar taken from quarries near Aswan.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
The rough Ashlar, the perfect Ashlar, and the Tressel-Board.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
This is the tone of the soil, of sun-stained marble, and of the rough ashlar masonry of the chief buildings.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
This is the tone of the soil, of sun-stained marble, and of the rough ashlar masonry of the chief buildings.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The next point was the transportation of the rough ashlar to the site.
"Stonehenge" by Frank Stevens
The name "brick-ashlar" is given to walls faced with ashlar stonework backed in with brickwork.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Where do we meet with instances where long and short blocks of ashlar masonry are disposed in alternate courses at the angles of walls?
"The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed." by Matthew Holbeche Bloxam
The upper part is later work, having ashlar quoins at the four angles.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The windows of the ground floor, set in deeply-hewn ashlar work, were cross-barred as those of a prison.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
It is used in the interior of docks, piers, and other erections, and is opposed to ashlar-work.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Movable Jewels are the Rough Ashlar, the Perfect Ashlar and the Trestle-Board.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
An "ashlar piece" in building is an upright piece of timber framed between the common rafters and the wall plate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
This was perhaps part of a simulated ashlar doorframe.
"The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia" by C. Malcolm Watkins
He may also finish the face of ashlar by "fine-picking" it.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 121, February 21, 1852" by Various
Its conical roof is built in a peculiar herring-bone ashlar, such as is not found elsewhere in Ireland.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
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In poetry:

Across the hearth a tie-beam lay
Unmoved a weary while.
The flame that clomb the ashlar gray
Had burned it red as tile.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris

In news:

It can be installed in both Ashlar and Coarsed patterns.
Whether you're going for a clean, modern look or a stoic, turn-of-the-century façade, Eldorado Stone 's Ashlar profile will fit the bill.
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