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carved in stone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj carved in stone no longer changeable "the agreement is not yet set in stone"
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Usage

In literature:

The broad, three-story front of the Iturbide Hotel is quite imposing, and exhibits some very elaborate native carving in stone.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Flame stood riveted to one spot, motionless as a figure carved in stone.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
And Garry, too stunned to feel a sense of fear, looked first at the living face before him and then at the carvings done in stone.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The dull throb, throb, came faintly to Esther as she sat there as motionless as if she had been carved in stone.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
The chancel, together with its chapel, is vaulted in stone with well marked ribs and carved bosses.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
It was carved in stone of the hardest composition and was left unpainted.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
It is an exact copy in stone of the Episcopal Throne in Exeter Cathedral, a beautiful piece of wood carving.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
In Central America were found enormous stone serpents carved in various forms.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Best exemplified in porcelains, lacquers, and carvings in wood and semi-precious stones.
"Applied Design for Printers" by Harry Lawrence Gage
About the middle of the last century a German missionary found a large carved stone in that part of Palestine which used to be called Moab.
"The Bible in its Making" by Mildred Duff
His pipe was of curiously carved red pipe-stone from the peace quarries in present Minnesota.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Rigid, white, and hard, it looked almost as if it were carved in stone; a mute image of misery too deep for tears.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
It is adorned with fretwork and wainscot, and the Company's arms are carved in stone over the gate next the street.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The chapel itself was beautified with carved work in stone.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
There is a beautiful carved stone staircase and much sculptured stonework in the choir.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
On both sides of the door stood two giants carved in black stone, with drawn swords in their hands.
"Tales from the German" by Various
In the tomb of Theron at Agrigentum there is a single four-panel door carved in stone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The well basin and the carved stone hood stand as in old time together with the Well House.
"Edge Hill" by Edwin Walford
For many centuries carving in stone and wood has been a specialty in Scandinavia.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
It is carved out of a single block of stone, and measures three feet two inches in length and two feet in height.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
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In poetry:

Not alone in her vast dome of glory,
Not on graves of bird and beast alone,
But in old cathedrals, high and hoary,
On the tombs of heroes, carved in stone.
"Voices Of The Night : Flowers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Illileo Legardi, in the garden there alone,
With your figure carved of fervor, as the Psyche carved of stone,
There came to me no murmur of the fountain's undertone
So mystically, musically mellow as your own.
"Illileo" by James Whitcomb Riley
Three hundred years are vanish'd, and yet upon the hill
An old stone gateway rises, to do her honor still.
And there, when Bregenz women sit spinning in the shade,
They see in quaint old carving the charger and the maid.
"A Legend of Bregenz" by Adelaide Anne Procter
"I cast and cut and chisel, I model and I mould,
I copy poses picturesque from studies new and old;
In marble, bronze, and potter's clay, in wax and wood and stone
I carve the old-time statues with improvements of my own.
"Found Wanting" by Carolyn Wells
So let us be pitiful, grateful that God's strong hand
Has held our own, and the tale of a woman's despair
And penitent sin, He stooped and wrote in the perishing sand;
We carve the record in stone, weak, sinful souls that we are.
"Magdalena" by Marietta Holley
And thus he lived alone, unblest, and died unblest, alone,
Save for a brother monk, who held the carved cross of stone
In his cold, rigid clasp, the while his dying eyes did wear
A look of mortal striving, mortal agony, and prayer.
"The Brothers" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Every plant has a history, but not every plant's legacy is carved in stone.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Mysterious stone carvings made thousands of years ago and recently uncovered in an excavation underneath Jerusalem have archaeologists stumped.
PHOTOS BY BRANDON TAYLOR Built between 950 and 1050 A.D. By the Chandela, the ruling clan of much of the central jungles of India, the temples showcase some of the most intricate stone carvings and statues in the world.
Harris' war carved in stone .
Tressel's job not carved in stone .
An overdue welcome, carved in stone .
Sculptor John McKenna was selected by the town to carve the stone likeness of the wild man, who died at the age of 33 in 1980.
The Natural Rate Of Inflation Isn't Carved In Stone.
Tressel's job not carved in stone.
INTERVIEWS See Tomahawk Carve Out 'Stone Letter' in Raw New Video.
It's almost certain the Civil War veteran, who was 81 when he died in 1923, decided what to carve into the stone obelisk.
Stone carving of Venus symbol from Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, Mexico.
Custom and Legend, a Culture in Stone, will soon grace the lowlands of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with 82 unique, hand-carved sculptures by African artists from Zimbabwe.
Zuni fetishes, tiny stone carvings in the shapes of animals, are believed to summon each creature's traits within its owner.
Find an eclectic array of handmade bracelets sculpted in geodes, pearls, carved gemstones and other precious stones.
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In science:

To erase, etymologically, is derived from Latin words meaning ‘to scrape out.’ Clearly this meaning is derived from times when writing was often carved in stone.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
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