• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lapidary of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them "the ring is of no lapidary value"- Lord Byron","lapidary art"
    • n lapidary a skilled worker who cuts and engraves precious stones
    • n lapidary an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lapidary A virtuoso skilled in gems or precious stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work.
    • Lapidary An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones.
    • Lapidary Of or pertaining to monumental inscriptions; as, lapidary adulation.
    • Lapidary Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments; as, lapidary ornamentation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lapidary Pertaining to a stone or stones; having relation to stones: as, the lapidary bee (which see, below).
    • lapidary Pertaining or relating to, or used in, the working of stone or stones, especially of fine stones or gems, as cutting, polishing, engraving, etc.: as, the lapidary art; a lapidary wheel.
    • lapidary Engraved or inscribed upon stone: as, lapidary verses.
    • lapidary Of or pertaining to inscriptions cut in stone, or to any formal inscriptions; monumental: as, the lapidary style of composition or of lettering.
    • lapidary A lapidary wheel.
    • lapidary the slicer, a thin iron wheel edged with diamond-dust, used like a saw;
    • lapidary the lap or mill, used for grinding and polishing, usually working horizontally and performing its function by means of its upper face or disk, which is faced with metal, wood, leather, or other material, and is strewn with polishing or abrading powder of different degrees of hardness and fineness.
    • n lapidary A stone-cutter; one who cuts and prepares and inscribes tombstones.
    • n lapidary Specifically, a workman in fine and hard stones; one who does any kind of skilled work on precious or semi-precious stones, as cutting, polishing, engraving, the formation of useful or decorative articles, etc.
    • n lapidary A virtuoso of lapidary work; a lapidarist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lapidary lap′i-dar-i pertaining to stones and the cutting of stones: pertaining to inscriptions and monuments
    • n Lapidary a cutter of stones, esp. precious stones: a dealer in precious stones—also Lapidā′rian, Lap′idarist, Lap′idist
    • v.i Lapidary to turn into stone:—pr.p. lapid′ifying; pa.p. lapid′ified
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lapidarius, fr. lapidarius, pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire,


In literature:

She was lapidary more than painter or sculptor.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
I ought to have set it in silver, but was always afraid to trust it to a lapidary.
"Hortus Inclusus" by John Ruskin
What radiant glory the lapidary can see in the rough, unpolished gem!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The modern lapidary must have a perfect knowledge of optics and be a skilful stone-cutter.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The lapidary was subtle; his work sustains closer analysis.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
A lapidary's skill and delight for working in small forms belongs to Gerrit Smith.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Ask Domenico there if the lapidaries can always tell a gem by the sight alone.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The Roman lapidaries were not nice workmen, and their imitations are most palpable.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
The Angel, taught the art of the lapidary to mankind, 30.
"Scarabs" by Isaac Myer
The experts were three of the most skilful lapidaries of Naples, where the art of engraving on stone had reached the greatest excellence.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various

In news:

Jane Campion's film adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady has rekindled public interest in the lapidary, demanding novels of Henry James (1843-1916).
Walla Community College classes foster a love of lapidary .
On hand will be a select group of dealers with gems, minerals , fossils, stone beads, silver craft, finished jewelry, tools, lapidary supplies and books about earth science and more.
Lapidary dialogue verging on poetry.