American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A squared block of building stone.
- n. Masonry of such stones.
- n. A thin, dressed rectangle of stone for facing walls.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See ashler.
- n. architecture A large cuboid stone; masonry making use of such stone blocks.
- n. A hurling stone used in warfare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Hewn or squared stone; also, masonry made of squared or hewn stone.
- n. In the United States especially, a thin facing of squared and dressed stone upon a wall of rubble or brick.
- n. a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes
- From Middle English, from Old French aisselier, from Latin axilla, diminutive of axis ("board, plank"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English assheler, from Old French aisselier, board, from aissele, from Medieval Latin axicellus, from Latin assis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So he abode in prison, and when they brought out the prisoners, to cut ashlar from the quarries they took Sa’id with them, and he wrought with the rest.”
“In early times the walls were very much thicker, composed of hewn stone, making a kind of casing at each side, called ashlar, the interval being filled with rubble masonry cemented with lime and loam.”
“Finally, still other portions of this same Mycenaean wall show on the outside a near approach to what is called ashlar masonry, in which the blocks are rectangular and laid in even horizontal courses.”
“Scrutinize those buildings, touch those surfaces and you'll discover a disconcerting number of restored façades, reassembled colonnades and a positive glorying in what the Italians call "feigned" materials: simulated marble, cleverly disguised concrete and a cunning assortment of ashlar, or thin stone slabs applied to resemble weighty blocks.”
“Rayon Richards for The Wall Street Journal The Niven House has stucco exterior scored to resemble ashlar block and a marble, checkerboard-patterned porch, which is original to the home.”
“The Niven House has stucco exterior scored to resemble ashlar block and a marble, checkerboard-patterned porch, which is original to the home.”
“As he ate his solitary picnic, Dalgliesh found his eyes constantly drawn to those stark embattled slabs of mutilated ashlar silhouetted high against the gentle sky.”
“Stepping warily among the fallen ashlar and rubble from the filling of the wall, he found the folded cloak wedged into a gap in the stonework, where Olivier had thrust it the moment before he slipped out into the night among the besiegers.”
“Invisible under those walls, the marks of the masons 'lodges and the scars of their stored stone and timber still remained, and a pile of stacked ashlar where the bankers had been cleared away.”
“Nevertheless, after Mass next morning, when the builders had again uncovered their stores to make use of one more working day, he remembered the porter's description of Master Bernard as a local man, and thought it worth the trial to unroll his drawings upon the stacked ashlar and call the mason to study them and give judgement.”
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