[ US /ˈɫæpəˌdɛɹi/ ]
[ UK /lˈæpɪdəɹi/ ]
  1. a skilled worker who cuts and engraves precious stones
  2. an expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them
  1. of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them
    lapidary art
    the ring is of no lapidary value
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How To Use lapidary In A Sentence

  • Meanwhile Mr Musonda said two local companies were interested in setting up lapidary centres for the cutting and polishing of gemstones at the exchange which would add value to the stones.
  • For one, iron minerals, as such, do not have the allure of native copper and silver, and it's difficult to compete with the beauty and uniqueness of datolite nodules for the lapidary.
  • Whole tribes of bones will be creaking into motion, and hearses will be summoned, and lapidary inscriptions will be scratched out and rectified.
  • In consequence, there developed two varieties of wedge-writing: the one that may be termed lapidary, used for the stone inscriptions, the official historical records, and such legal documents as were prepared with especial care; the other cursive, occurring only on legal and commercial clay tablets, and becoming more frequent as we approach the latest period of Babylonian writing, which extends to within a few decades of our era. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne
  • Throughout the text, Graubard's lapidary prose is lucid and provocative, likely to induce a glow of pleasure in the reader.
  • It was in reading Updike that I first saw how writing could be described as "lapidary": he is second to none as a prose stylist, although in an interview with the Times last fall he said that he didn't think of himself as a stylish writer, just one who wanted to get everything right, so that the reader would see the people and the world he was writing about exactly as he saw it. Green Mountain Daily - Front Page
  • The Emerald and Semi-Precious Stones Association of Zambia has called for the establishment of more lapidary industries in order to encourage value addition to locally produced emeralds.
  • Disarmingly simple and clear, Muske-Dukes's lapidary, ardent poem recalls us to our losses, our selves, a responsibility that extends "to a soldier" -- to a man, to a woman. Carol Muske-Dukes: "To a Soldier" Poem
  • How quickly these lapidary phrases are crumbling around their feet!
  • What we have is clearly limned like the work of a master lapidary.
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