• WordNet 3.6
    • n masonry the craft of a mason
    • n masonry structure built of stone or brick by a mason
    • n Masonry Freemasons collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Masonry That which is built by a mason; anything constructed of the materials used by masons, such as stone, brick, tiles, or the like. Dry masonry is applied to structures made without mortar.
    • Masonry The art or occupation of a mason.
    • Masonry The craft, institution, or mysteries of Freemasons; freemasonry.
    • Masonry The work or performance of a mason; as, good or bad masonry; skillful masonry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n masonry The art or occupation of a mason; the art of shaping, arranging, and uniting stones or bricks to form walls and other parts of buildings; the skill of a mason. The chief kinds of masonry employed at the present day may be classed as rubble-work, coursed masonry, and ashler. See these words.
    • n masonry The work produced by a mason; mason-work; specifically, a construction of dressed or fitted stones and mortar, as distinguished from brickwork or brick-masonry.
    • n masonry The craft or mysteries of freemasons; the principles and practices of freemasons.
    • masonry Consisting of masonwork; formed or built of dressed or fitted stones and mortar: as, a masonry fort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Masonry the skill or practice of a mason: the work of a mason: the art of building in stone: freemasonry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. maçonnerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. masson (Fr. maçon)—Low L. macion-em; prob. Teut.; cf. Mid. High Ger. mezzo, a mason, whence steinmetz, a stone-mason, cog. with Old High Ger. meizan, to hew, whence Ger. meissel, a chisel.


In literature:

The masonry of the tower is most interesting.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
The stations are marked by masonry pillars, for the partial repair of which a small sum is annually allotted.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
In the undecked part were the boiler and engine, set in masonry.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
The river piers are of first-class masonry, on pile and timber foundations.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 613, October 1, 1887" by Various
Walls of masonry may be pierced with loop-holes and arranged for one or two tiers of fire.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
A mass of masonry crashed from the portico.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
Suddenly there was a loud crack, the sound of falling masonry, followed by a scream from Laura.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Leaning easily against the worn masonry of the balustrade, slight, lithe and graceful, she was the embodiment of vitality in repose.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
The old masonry is capitally expressed by the short irregular line.
"Pen Drawing" by Charles Maginnis
But Whistler Morgan was not considering any leakage of the water through the masonry which might endanger the foundation of the dam.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson

In poetry:

The heap of Gothic masonry lowers
Brown in the moon's uncertain glance;
In dark blue air rise strutting towers,
And round the walls lean shadows dance.
"Hakon Jarl's Death" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
These numbered cliffs and gnarls of masonry
Outskeleton Time's central city, Rome;
Whereof each arch, entablature, and dome
Lies bare in all its gaunt anatomy.
"Rome: Building A New Street In The Ancient Quarter." by Thomas Hardy
The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
"By The Seaside : The Lighthouse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Its shaded avenues were wide,
And closely bordered either side
With cottages or mansions,
Or marked by blocks of masonry
That might defy a century
To loosen from their stanchions.
"Mysterious" by Hattie Howard
From Masonry,
That just man learnt that woes are thrown
Around God's children, pain and care,
But draw them near the corner stone,
With the Great Architect to share,
Heaven's blazonry.
"Adoniram." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
There was no worth in the fashion — there was no wit in the plan —
Hither and thither, aimless, the ruined footings ran —
Masonry, brute, mishandled, but carven on every stone:
"After me cometh a Builder. Tell him, I too have known."
"The Palace" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Casey Strahler was hired on March 31 to fill his dream position as a masonry instructor for the Washington County Career Center.
He shadowed masonry instructor Mike Davis during his first week on the job.
It would be easy to reattach it, except that the holes left in the mortar by the former nails are now too wide for masonry nails of the same size.
Building with Brick and Masonry .
PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Resin for High-Performance Masonry Coatings.
Norman to sponsor masonry repair workshops.
Masonry Division, has announced Scott Lockwood as the company's new Architectural Sales Representative.
The PC75TRS non- orbital and PC85TRSOK orbital reciprocating saws are designed for use in various applications, including wood cutting, metal cutting, masonry cutting, demolition, fire and rescue, and plunge cuts.
Masonry building on an orderly chaos.
In Christchurch, old masonry buildings fell apart as soon as the aftershocks hit.
Pioneer Square also has unreinforced, masonry buildings.
With this masonry fire pit plan, you can skip the concrete and mortar.
How to Build a Masonry Fire Pit .
Wasmunski and Carter were hired as PVB celebrates 30 years in business and its steady growth as the Washington area's largest masonry supplier.
This year's workshop, led by nationally recognized historic preservation expert, Bob Yapp, will focus on repairing historic masonry.

In science:

Moreover, the item is telling that all of the major pyramids at Abusir were built as step pyramids. The largest of them, the Pyramid of Neferirkare, was in origin a step pyramid some seventy metres high and then modified in a pyramid with smooth faces, by filling its steps with loose masonry.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
Originally it had been built as a step pyramid and then changed in a smooth pyramid by filling its steps with loose masonry.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
Richardson, The approximate arithmetical solution by finite differences of physical problems involving differential equations, with applications to the stress in a masonry dam, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A, 210:307–357 (1910).
Operator Coefficient Methods for Linear Equations