lapÂ·iÂ·darÂ·y Pronunciation Key (lp-dr)
n. pl. lapÂ·iÂ·darÂ·ies
1.One who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.
2.A dealer in precious or semiprecious stones.
1.Of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them.
2. a.Engraved in stone.
b.Marked by conciseness, precision, or
refinement of expression: lapidary prose.
c.Sharply or finely delineated: a face with
[Middle English lapidarie, from Old French
lapidaire, from Latin lapidrius, from lapis,
\\Lap"i*da*ry\\, n.; pl. Lapidaries. [L. lapidarius, fr.
lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire.] 1. An
artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones.
2. A virtuoso skilled in gems or precious stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work.
Lapidary's lathe, mill, or wheel, a machine consisting essentially of a revolving lap on a vertical spindle, used by a lapidary for grinding and polishing.
\\Lap"i*da*ry\\, a. [L. lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf.
F. lapidaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments; as, lapidary ornamentation.
2. Of or pertaining to monumental inscriptions; as, lapidary adulation.
Lapidary style, that style which is proper for
monumental and other inscriptions; terse; sententious.
adj : of or relating to precious stones or the art of
working with them; "the ring is of no lapidary value"-
Lord Byron; "lapidary art" n 1: an expert on precious
stones and the art of cutting and engraving them [syn:
lapidarist] 2: a skilled worker who cuts and engraves
precious stones [syn: lapidist]