Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An altar-slab; the consecrated slab or block of stone constituting an altar. See altar, 2.

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Examples

  • The altar-stone, once thought to be porphyry, is more likely to be a variety of Purbeck marble.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Quick soft hands lifted her and laid her on the altar-stone amidst a bed of flowers.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • Beside the altar-stone lay no fresh - slain corpse, but a shriveled mummy, a brown, dry, unrecognizable carcass sprawling among moldering swathings.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • Xaltotun stood beside the dark altar-stone and stared across the valley, at the dead and wounded men on the terraces, at the grim, blood-stained band at the head of the slopes, at the dusty, steel-clad ranks reforming in the vale below.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • Beside the altar-stone lay no fresh-slain corpse, but a shriveled mummy, a brown, dry, unrecognizable carcass sprawling among moldering swathings.

    The Hour of the Dragon

  • Quick, soft hands lifted her and laid her on the altar-stone amidst a bed of flowers.

    Conan of Cimmeria

  • Xaltotun stood beside the dark altar-stone and stared across the valley, at the dead and wounded men on the terraces, at the grim, blood-stained band at the head of the slopes, at the dusty, steel-clad ranks re-forming in the vale below.

    Conan the Avenger

  • Between the trees, not far from the altar-stone, sat Phaedra, on the ground, wailing and sobbing, flinging her body to and fro, beating her clenched fists first on the earth and then upon her breast.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • I then led him a few paces beyond the camp, and bade him be seated on a large stone, a fragment of an old heathen altar-stone.

    Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851

  • This is by some supposed to refer to the present altar-stone of Purbeck marble.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury with some Account of the Priory Church of Deerhurst Gloucestershire

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