from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.
- n. A dealer in precious or semiprecious stones.
- adj. Of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them.
- adj. Engraved in stone.
- adj. Marked by conciseness, precision, or refinement of expression: lapidary prose.
- adj. Sharply or finely delineated: a face with lapidary features.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who cuts, polishes, engraves, or deals in gems.
- n. a treatise on precious stones
- adj. Pertaining to gems and precious stones, or the art of working them.
- adj. Suitable for inscriptions; efficient, stately, concise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones.
- n. A virtuoso skilled in gems or precious stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments.
- adj. Of or pertaining to monumental inscriptions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a stone or stones; having relation to stones: as, the lapidary bee (which see, below).
- Pertaining or relating to, or used in, the working of stone or stones, especially of fine stones or gems, as cutting, polishing, engraving, etc.: as, the lapidary art; a lapidary wheel.
- Engraved or inscribed upon stone: as, lapidary verses.
- Of or pertaining to inscriptions cut in stone, or to any formal inscriptions; monumental: as, the lapidary style of composition or of lettering.
- A lapidary wheel.
- the slicer, a thin iron wheel edged with diamond-dust, used like a saw;
- the lap or mill, used for grinding and polishing, usually working horizontally and performing its function by means of its upper face or disk, which is faced with metal, wood, leather, or other material, and is strewn with polishing or abrading powder of different degrees of hardness and fineness.
- n. A stone-cutter; one who cuts and prepares and inscribes tombstones.
- n. Specifically, a workman in fine and hard stones; one who does any kind of skilled work on precious or semi-precious stones, as cutting, polishing, engraving, the formation of useful or decorative articles, etc.
- n. A virtuoso of lapidary work; a lapidarist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them
- n. a skilled worker who cuts and engraves precious stones
- n. an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them
Middle English lapidarie, from Old French lapidaire, from Latin lapidārius, from lapis, lapid-, stone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lapidārius ("of stones") (later used as a noun ‘stone-cutter’), from lapis ("stone"). (Wiktionary)