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Meaning of LAPIDARY

Pronunciation:  'lapi`deree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a skilled worker who cuts and engraves precious stones
  2. [n]  an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them
  3. [adj]  of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them; "the ring is of no lapidary value"- Lord Byron; "lapidary art"

LAPIDARY is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: lapidarist, lapidist
 See Also: engraver, expert



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lap"i*da*ry\, n.; pl. {Lapidaries}. [L. lapidarius,
    fr. lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire.]
    1. An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious
       stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones.
    2. A virtuoso skilled in gems or precious stones; a
       connoisseur of lapidary work.
    {Lapidary's lathe}, {mill}, {or wheel}, a machine consisting
       essentially of a revolving lap on a vertical spindle, used
       by a lapidary for grinding and polishing.
  2. \Lap"i*da*ry\, a. [L. lapidarius pertaining to stone:
    cf. F. lapidaire.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or
       engraving on stones, either gems or monuments; as,
       lapidary ornamentation.
    2. Of or pertaining to monumental inscriptions; as, lapidary
    {Lapidary style}, that style which is proper for monumental
       and other inscriptions; terse; sententious.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aquatint, aquatinta, autolithographic, burinist, carver, cerographer, chalcographer, engraver, etcher, gem engraver, glyptic, glyptographic, graphic artist, graver, inscriber, line engraver, lithographer, lithographic, mezzotint, printmaker, pyrographer, serigrapher, silk-screen artist, wood engraver, wood-block, xylographic, xylopyrographer