Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To work or dress (stone) roughly, preliminary to fine tooling.

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  • v. To roughly dress stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. See scapple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In stone-working, to dress with a broad chisel or heavy pointed pick after pointing or broaching, and preparatory to finer dressing.

Etymologies

Middle English scaplen, from Old North French escapler, to dress timber : es-, off (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + capler, to cut (from Vulgar Latin *capulāre, *cappulāre).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English scaplen, from Old French escapler ("to dress timber"), from es- ("off") (from Latin ex-) + capler ("to cut") (from Vulgar Latin *capulre, *cappulre). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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