Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science or art of cutting solids into certain figures or sections.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science or art of cutting solids into certain figures or sections, as arches, and the like; especially, the art of stonecutting.

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  • noun geometry, masonry The cutting or dissection of solids.

Etymologies

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From French stéréotomie, from Ancient Greek στερεός ("solid") + -τομία ("-cut").

Examples

  • I knew that you could not say to yourself 'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • I knew that you could not say to yourself 'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.

    Tales.

  • I knew that you could not say to yourself 'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great _nebula_ in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 1

  • "Pacioli believed that stereotomy, the careful 'geometrizing' of stone through cutting and polishing, could transmute and spiritualize lowly matter, evoking St. John's Heavenly Jersualem made of 'pure gold resembling pure glass.'"

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Note 183: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, stereometry is "the art or science of measuring solids," whereas stereotomy is "the art of cutting stones or other solid bodies into measured forms, as in masonry."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Here your countenance brightened up, and, perceiving your lips move, I could not doubt that you murmured the word 'stereotomy,' a term very affectedly applied to this species of pavement.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • In the course of the last sixty years, many new sciences have taken their place in the category of our knowledge, among which is stereotomy, descriptive geometry, and the chemistry of gas.

    The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.

  • 'What with their courses of perspective, of descriptive geometry, of stereotomy, of building, and of the history of art -- ah! upon my word, they do make one blacken paper with notes.

    His Masterpiece

  • Here your countenance brightened up, and, perceiving your lips move, I could not doubt that you murmured the word 'stereotomy,' a term very affectedly applied to this species of pavement.

    Tales.

  • Here your countenance brightened up, and, perceiving you lips move, I could not doubt that you murmured the word ` stereotomy, 'a term very affectedly applied to this species of pavement.

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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