from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tool or a sawing-machine for cutting marble, millstones, and building-stones into slabs, disks, columns, and blocks, either from the live rock in the quarry or in a stone-yard.
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The process usually employed in quarries or stone-yards for sawing consists in slowly moving a stone-saw backward and forward, either by hand or machinery, and with scarcely any pressure.
I could remember nothing except my father's big stone-saw, which was far too heavy and unwieldy to be used on the roof of the cottage.
He was both working-man and master, and he sat at one end of the heavy stone-saw, with David Trevenna, his servant, at the other, each under his little canopy to protect them a trifle from the sun and rain, slowly and in full view of the purple Cornish sea, sawing the stone for hours together: the water dripped slowly on the saw from a little can above to keep the steel cool, and occasionally they interchanged a word or two -- always on terms of perfect equality, although David took wages weekly and Michael paid them.
He adds the very notable fact that, _to this day, in seventy departments of France, the use of the stone-saw is unknown_.] 3.