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Definition of Ashlar

  • Hewn or squared stone; also, masonry made of squared or hewn stone.
  • In the United States especially, a thin facing of squared and dressed stone upon a wall of rubble or brick.
  • a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes

How to use ashlar in a sentence. Ashlar pronunciation.

This stone was to be hewed and squared, to be fitted and adjusted, by simple, but appropriate implements, until it became a _perfect ashlar_, or well-finished stone, ready to take its destined place in the building.
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The rough and unpolished stone is a symbol of man's natural state-ignorant, uncultivated, and, as the Roman historian expresses it, "grovelling to the earth, like the beasts of the field, and obedient to every sordid appetite;" [56] but when education has exerted its salutary influences in expanding his intellect, in restraining his hitherto unruly passions, and purifying his life, he is then represented by the perfect ashlar, or finished stone, which, under the skilful hands of the workman, has been smoothed, and squared, and fitted for its appropriate place in the building.
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The perfect ashlar, therefore,-the stone thus fitted for its appropriate position in the temple,-becomes not only a symbol of human perfection (in itself, of course, only a comparative term), but also, when we refer to the mode in which it was prepared, of that species of perfection which results from the concord and union of men in society.
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There are other elementary symbols, to which I may hereafter have occasion to revert; the three, however, already described,-the rough ashlar, the perfect ashlar, and the trestle-board,-and which, from their importance, have received the name of "jewels," will be sufficient to give some idea of the nature of what may be called the "symbolic alphabet" of Masonry.
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And as it is the object of Speculative Masonry to produce this state of perfection, it may in that point of view be also considered as a symbol of the social character of the institution of Freemasonry. ASHLAR, ROUGH.
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But if the perfect ashlar be, in reference to its mode of preparation, considered as a symbol of the social character of Freemasonry, then the rough ashlar must be considered as a symbol of the profane world.
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In this species of symbolism, the rough and perfect ashlars bear the same relation to each other as ignorance does to knowledge, death to life, and light to darkness.
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The rough ashlar is the profane, the perfect ashlar is the initiate. ASHMOLE, ELIAS.
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The rough ashlar is the profane, the perfect ashlar is the initiate.
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To-day Dr. Chalkfield, the Mayor for the year, being absent, the corn-merchant took the big chair, his eyes still abstractedly stretching out of the window to the ashlar front of High-Place Hall.
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The flame that clomb the ashlar gray Had burned it red as tile.
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Finally, still other portions of this same Mycenaean wall show on the outside a near approach to what is called ashlar masonry, in which the blocks are rectangular and laid in even horizontal courses.
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A straight passage, A B, flanked by walls of ashlar masonry and open to the sky, leads to a doorway, B. This doorway, once closed with heavy doors, was framed with an elaborate aichitectural composition, of which only small fragments now exist and these widely dispersed in London, Berlin, Carlsruhe, Munich, Athens, and Mycenae itself.
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The upper part is later work, having ashlar quoins at the four angles.
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The palace itself has been lucky enough to escape being carved up into XV century Gothic, or shaved into XVIII century ashlar, or "restored" by a XIX century builder and a Victorian architect with a deep sense of the umbrella-like gentlemanliness of XIV century vaulting.
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A Mansion fronting, we may say, four ways; for it is of quadrangular form, with a wet moat from the Lake begirdling it, and has a spacious court for interior: but the principal entrance is from the Town side; for the rest, the Building is ashlar on all sides, front and rear.
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Architecture everywhere of cheerfully serious, solidly graceful character; all of sterling ashlar; the due RISALITES (projecting spaces) with their attics and statues atop, the due architraves, cornices and corbels,-in short the due opulence of ornament being introduced, and only the due.
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Joseph enumerated the beams, joists, ashlars, and the iron-work, and volubly praised the old domain.
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This latter is of Perpendicular date, very plain, but of excellent ashlar work; it has a clock and six bells.
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A kind of masonry in which the outer faces of the wall are ashlar, the space between being filled with broken stone and mortar.
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Examples of Ashlar

Example #1
Here, then, again, in these materials do we find other elementary symbols.
Example #2
There was, for instance, the _rough ashlar_-the stone in its rude and natural state-unformed and unpolished, as it had been lying in the quarries of Tyre from the foundation of the earth.
Example #3
Here an interesting circumstance in the history of the preparation of these materials has been seized and beautifully appropriated by our symbolic science.
Example #4
It is, in fact, a symbol of the social character of the institution.
Example #5
There are other elementary symbols, to which I may hereafter have occasion to revert; the three, however, already described,-the rough ashlar, the perfect ashlar, and the trestle-board,-and which, from their importance, have received the name of "jewels," will be sufficient to give some idea of the nature of what may be called the "symbolic alphabet" of Masonry.