a device for hoisting blocks of stone, consisting of a dovetailed iron tenon made in sections that fit into a mortise cut into the stone
Origin of lewisprobably ; from the name Lewis
a masculine name: dim. Lew, Lewie
- Lewis, C(live) S(taples) 1898-1963; Brit. writer, born in Ireland
- Lewis, John L(lewellyn) 1880-1969; U.S. labor leader
- Lewis, Meriwether 1774-1809; Am. explorer: co-leader of the Lewis & Clark expedition (1804-06) to the Northwest
- Lewis, Sinclair 1885-1951; U.S. novelist
- Lewis, (Percy) Wyndham 1884-1957; Brit. author & painter, born in the U.S.
A dovetailed iron tenon made of several parts and designed to fit into a dovetail mortise in a large stone so that it can be lifted by a hoisting apparatus. Also called lewisson.
Origin of lewisPerhaps from the name Lewis.
- A male given name of Norman origin, the English form of Louis.
- An English patronymic surname.
- A Welsh surname; anglicized form of Llewellyn.
- The Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
- The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; One practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonry after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.
Variant of Lewis with Harris
northernmost island of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, consisting of a larger N part () & a S part (): part of the Western Isles administrative division: c. 825 sq mi (2,137 sq km)
also called Lewis and Harris