• Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral
    Stone-masons' marks, Cologne Cathedral
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mason a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love
    • n mason a craftsman who works with stone or brick
    • n Mason English writer (1865-1948)
    • n Mason English film actor (1909-1984)
    • n Mason American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204 Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204
Barber and mason Barber and mason

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.
    • Mason A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.
    • Mason One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.
    • v. t Mason To build stonework or brickwork about, under, in, over, etc.; to construct by masons; -- with a prepositional suffix; as, to mason up a well or terrace; to mason in a kettle or boiler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mason A builder in stone or brick; one whose occupation or trade is the laying of stone or brick in construction, with or without mortar or cement.
    • n mason A builder in general.
    • n mason A worker in stone; a stone-cutter or -hewer.
    • n mason A member of the fraternity of freemasons. See freemason.
    • mason To construct of masonry; build of stone or brick; build.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mason mā′sn one who cuts, prepares, and lays stones: a builder in stone: a member of the society of freemasons
    • v.t Mason to build
    • adj Mason consisting of mason-work
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. maçon, LL. macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio,; of uncertain origin


In literature:

E. Kenyon, East Greenwich; Israel B. Mason, Providence; B.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Miss Mason took her place at the door, and as a long line marched into her room she directed them where to sit.
"Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School" by Mabel C. Hawley
The criminal Mason has shown true manhood.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
A neighbor replied, that the man was a mason who had fallen from the fourth story while at work.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
The shrieks of Captain Mason's men, and the discharge of the guns, induced Capt.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Mason could scarcely repress an audible sigh, as those words fell from her lips.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 5. May 1848" by Various
Harris, Thaddeus Mason, 162, 322.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
This was effected by Lowell Mason, as an experiment, in 1838.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
And that was the first time Mason tuned his organic surveyor and received absolutely nothing.
"The Long Voyage" by Carl Richard Jacobi
But the Mason's Arms will be better.
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

In poetry:

Guido Sebaldi the mason
Worked at a house of stone:
Guido Sebaldi the mason
Sand at his work alone.
"Guido Sebaldi" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Leave thou this work, fit only
For oxen that draw the plough:
No longer Sebaldi the mason,
Guido the sculptor thou!"
"Guido Sebaldi" by Cicely Fox Smith
Then Guido Sebaldi the mason
Look'd on his work in shame.
And "Lo," he said, "I am lusty,
I will build me a noble name."
"Guido Sebaldi" by Cicely Fox Smith
Sadly Sebaldi the mason
Went back to the house of stone;
And his brow once more grew cheery
As he sat at his work alone.
"Guido Sebaldi" by Cicely Fox Smith
Built, when each man was a giant,
When the rocks were mason's stones,
When the oaks were osiers pliant,
And the mountains scarcely thrones;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Aye! an' although ye richt weel knew
That I wi' masons had to do
Ye could na' rest, oh, no, not you!
Till numbered wi' them;
Gi'en your "heart's warm fond adieu,"
When gaun to lea them.
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

He was a member of First Baptist Church in St Bethlehem, was a US Air Force veteran and was a member of Cadiz Masonic Lodge 121.
Fortnum & Mason are launching a range of products such as biscuits and marmalade while Selfridges decided to try something more unconventional.
Rebecca Goldin is a professor of mathematics at George Mason University.
Hester Peirce is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Now there's proof: 'Masonic Home Kids' did exist.
Move follows unconfirmed reports in local media of 'Jewish' or 'Masonic' rites.
Mason Mix, Core Fill Grout used in high-end, luxury home development.
GungHo co-founders Danny Mason and Ryan Goodwin launched an energy gel shot to help consumers focus and stay alert.
From left, Benn Scully, Elliot Barnes, Aaron Mason and Morgan Scully working the 15-mile long river.
Butler, Gonzaga and George Mason, too.
Emily Mason, 22, of Front Royal, plays her harp a few nights a week at a Metro station in the area to attend college.
Last week, a blog post introduced readers to Mason's music.
Postmetrogirl caught up with Mason via e-mail for more details.
QB Mason Murray (11) came up big Friday in the fourth quarter of Hickman's 22-21 win over Rock Bridge.
Mason, OH, has acquired metalformer Art Technologies, Inc, Hamilton, OH.

In science:

The first experimental measurements of the critical properties of the stacked-triangular XY antiferromagnet CsMnBr3 were performed by the two groups, i.e., neutron-scattering measurements by the McMaster group (Mason, Gaulin and Collins) and the one by the Japanese group (Ajiro, Kadowaki and coworkers) .
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
For the stackedtriangular XY antiferromagnet CsMnBr3 , Gaulin, Mason, Collins and Larese revealed by neutron-scattering measurements that the zero-field transition point corresponds to a tetracritical point in the magnetic field – temperature phase diagram .
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
The zero-field susceptibility of CsMnBr3 was measured by Mason, Stager, Gaulin and Collins [142].
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
Mason, Compact automorphism groups of vertex operator algebras, International Math.
Fusion rules for the vertex operator algebras M(1)^+ and V_L^+
Mason, Twisted representation of vertex operator algebras, Math.
Fusion rules for the vertex operator algebras M(1)^+ and V_L^+