from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In carpentry, studding or furring used to cut off the angle at the floor in a garret, so that the room inclosed will have a vertical wall of some height.
  • noun A block of building-stone, rough as it is brought from the quarry; such stones collectively.
  • noun In masonry, a squared stone, as distinguished from a stone which is of irregular shape; such stones collectively.
  • noun Masonry constructed of ashler.

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  • noun Alternative form of ashlar.


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  • It was a merry time when there was little besides handy blows, and it may be a flight of arrows that harmed an ashler wall as little as so many hailstones.

    The Abbot 2008

  • The limestone is generally used in the form of rubble or rock-faced ashler.

    Final Report of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission

  • Shakspere never hesitated to take crude ore and rough ashler from any quarry of thought; and out of the dull, leaden material of others, produced characters in living form to walk the stage of life forever, teaching the lesson of virtue triumphant over vice.

    Shakspere, Personal Recollections John A. Joyce

  • He is a rough ashler, called of God to do a work that no other man could have done, and by methods unsuited to all others, and through

    The story of my life, or, More than a half century as I have lived it and seen it lived, 1912

  • I thinke there is not a fairer prison in all Christendome: it is built with very faire white ashler stone, having a little walke without the roomes of the prison which is forty paces long and seven broad ....

    A Wanderer in Venice Harry [Illustrator] Morley 1903

  • "There were five steps that did go up to the first pace, and seven steps to the second pace, all of clene hewn ashler.

    The Hill of Dreams Arthur Machen 1905


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