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a squared building stone cut more or less true on all faces adjacent to those of other stones so as to permit very thin mortar joints.
such stones collectively.
masonry made of them.

Carpentry. a short stud between joists and sloping rafters, especially near the eaves.
to face with ashlars.
a block of hewn stone with straight edges for use in building
Also called ashlar veneer. a thin dressed stone with straight edges, used to face a wall
masonry made of ashlar

late 14c., “square stone for building or paving,” from Old French aiseler, from Latin axillaris, from axilla, diminutive of axis “board, plank,” which is perhaps not the same axis that means “axle.” The stone sense is peculiar to English.


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