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Construction with Stone, Brick, or rubble. Ancient masonry examples used irregular blocks of stone set together without mortar. Most modern masonry uses mortar or cement in the joints. Rubble masonry uses field stones or irregular quarried stones. Ashlar masonry used regularly cut square or rectangular quarry stones set with fine, close joints. Simulated masonry includes numerous precast products that imitate the appearance of stones with mortar joints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

maçonnerie (Fr.); alvenaria (Port.); stonework; brickwork;

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 173
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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