lapidary definition

  • noun:
    • a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves treasures.
    • A dealer in precious or semiprecious rocks.
    • somebody who cuts, polishes, engraves, or discounts in gems.
    •  a treatise on precious rocks
    • An artificer which cuts, polishes, and engraves valuable rocks; therefore, a dealer in valuable stones.
    • A virtuoso skilled in gems or valuable stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work.
    • A stone-cutter; person who cuts and makes and inscribes tombstones.
    • Specifically, a workman in good and difficult rocks; person who does any type of skilled work on valuable or semi-precious rocks, as cutting, polishing, engraving, the formation of of use or decorative articles, etc.
    • A virtuoso of lapidary work; a lapidarist.
    • a skilled employee who cuts and engraves precious rocks
    • an expert on valuable stones in addition to art of cutting and engraving all of them
  • adjective:
    • Of or concerning valuable stones or the art of working with all of them.
    • Engraved in rock.
    • Marked by conciseness, precision, or sophistication of appearance: lapidary prose.
    • Sharply or finely delineated: a face with lapidary features.
    • Pertaining to treasures and precious stones, or perhaps the art of working all of them.
    • appropriate inscriptions; efficient, stately, brief.
    • Of or related to the skill of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments.
    • Of or related to monumental inscriptions.
    • of or concerning valuable rocks or the art of dealing with all of them
  • others:
    • related to a stone or rocks; having reference to stones: as, the lapidary bee (which see, below).
    • Pertaining or regarding, or utilized in, the working of rock or stones, particularly of good stones or gems, as cutting, polishing, engraving, etc.: as, the lapidary art; a lapidary wheel.
    • Engraved or inscribed upon stone: because, lapidary passages.
    • Of or pertaining to inscriptions cut-in rock, or even any formal inscriptions; monumental: because, the lapidary model of composition or of lettering.
    • A lapidary wheel.
    • the slicer, a thin iron wheel edged with diamond-dust, made use of like a saw;
    • the lap or mill, utilized for grinding and polishing, frequently working horizontally and performing its purpose through its upper face or disk, which is faced with material, lumber, leather, or other product, and is strewn with polishing or abrading dust various degrees of hardness and fineness.

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