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Stone, brick, concrete, hollow-tile, concrete block, gypsum block, and other similar building units and materials, or a combination of the same, bonded together with mortar to form a wall, pier, buttress or similar mass.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
masonry (noun)
a) something constructed of materials used by - masons
b) the art, trade, or occupation of a - mason
c) work done by a mason
capitalized - freemasonry
masonry (Wikipedia)
A mason laying mortar on top of a finished course of blocks, prior to placing the next course.

Masonry is the building of structures from individual units, which are often laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. The common materials of masonry construction are brick, building stone such as marble, granite, travertine, and limestone, cast stone, concrete block, glass block, and adobe. Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can substantially affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. A person who constructs masonry is called a mason or bricklayer.

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