1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.
2. A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.
Mason bee Zool., any one of numerous species of solitary bees of the genus Osmia. They construct curious nests of hardened mud and sand.
Mason moth Zool., any moth whose larva constructs an earthen cocoon under the soil.
Mason shell Zool., a marine univalve shell of the genus Phorus; -- so called because it cements other shells and pebbles upon its own shell; a carrier shell.
Mason wasp Zool., any wasp that constructs its nest, or brood cells, of hardened mud. The female fills the cells with insects or spiders, paralyzed by a sting, and thus provides food for its larvae
Ma·son, v. t. To build stonework or brickwork about, under, in, over, etc.; to construct by masons; -- with a prepositional suffix; as, to mason up a well or terrace; to mason in a kettle or boiler.
n 1: American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections
led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)
[syn: George Mason]
2: English film actor (1909-1984) [syn: James Mason, James
3: English writer (1865-1948) [syn: A. E. W. Mason, Alfred
Edward Woodley Mason]
4: a craftsman who works with stone or brick [syn: stonemason]
5: a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to
mutual assistance and brotherly love [syn: Freemason]
an artificer in stone. The Tyrians seem to have been specially
skilled in architecture (1 Kings 5:17, 18; 2 Sam. 5:11). This
art the Hebrews no doubt learned in Egypt (Ex. 1:11, 14), where
ruins of temples and palaces fill the traveller with wonder at
the present day.