First recorded in 1700–10; rock1 + work (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Foster (b. 1591), Church of England clergyman and writer. From rock + work. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Rockwork
- Ornamental or decorative work resembling rocks or shells.
- Rocks and shells used to create ornamental figures and designs as decoration for a grotto or other garden feature. Compare "rocaille". Chiefly historical after 18th cent.
- A natural mass or group of rocks.
- Stones roughly piled together in imitation of natural rocks as an ornamental garden feature, especially a rockery.
- Masonry with a rough projecting face, giving the appearance of natural, freshly quarried rock. Compare rustic work .
- Rock climbing.
- : a mass of rocks
- : rock garden
- : artificial rock ledges and waterfalls in gardens
- : stonework with a surface left broken and rough
- : rock-faced masonry
- : rockcraft sense 2
Example sentences for Rockwork
- The form of growth assumed by this plant eminently fits it for rockwork.
- It is useful for rockwork or as a carpet plant where the soil is of a sandy nature.
- If the toko-niwa be not too small, you may see real fish swimming in the pond, or a pet tortoise crawling among the rockwork.
- On rockwork, in leaf soil, it does remarkably well; in loam it seems somewhat stunted.
- The front of the engine got larger, and Festing fixed his eyes upon the rockwork he had built among the piles.
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