Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the working of stone or gems; lapidary.

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  • adj. Lapidary.
  • n. A lapidary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to stone; inscribed on stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as lapidary. Croker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inscribed on stone

Etymologies

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

From Latin lapidārius, stonecutter; see lapidary.

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lapidary +‎ -an

Examples

  • Something as big and obvious and wonderful as a giant striding the downs with dinosaurs and tribes of stone-age elves living in the forests atop his head is worth any number of polished and lapidarian phrases.

    Michael Swanwick on the sense of wonder in writing

  • "Somehing about these questions - which are less Borat than spiritually evolved visitor from another planet - get at the larger ones about the culture with a lapidarian precision that's absolutely ruthless in its sincerity and innocence."

    GreenCine Daily: God Grew Tired of Us.

  • It's an esoteric art requiring encyclopedic grave digging, lapidarian editing, and precise pitch and tempo shifting skills.

    Sex, Gender Equality In New Girl Talk Album

  • The lapidarian patience she has expended in trimming, breathing upon, and polishing these bits of opaque cellophane betrays a concern that has less to do with art than with private worship and the embellishment of private fetishes with secret and arbitrary meanings.

    Portrait of An Artist

  • But -- what if he had no anthropological, lapidarian, or meteorological affiliations -- but did belong to a secret society --

    The Book of the Damned

  • Miss Lowell can find authentic inspiration equally in the lapidarian stanzas of Henri de Regnier and in the color effects produced by the flicking of the tail of the great northern pike.

    A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass

  • Groceteria, insular, monomaniacal, abysmally and shaddock took out five spellers in round eight; simultaneity, lapidarian, braillist and pertussis ended the contest for another four in round nine.

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  • (No, don't be nasty … it's a lapidarian plural noun.)

    The Guardian World News

  • Springy of the justly curl about that he lapidarian it laudably and that you feoff to get tillable on sin and showily a rube in the monarch is unsubtle.

    Rational Review

  • I did not realize it at the time, but the lapidarian-religious-medical meanings of cleavage had only recently been joined by a new sense of “the cleft between a woman’s breasts as revealed by a low-cut décolletage.”

    Archive 2007-08-01

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