Definition of soapstone in English:

soapstone

noun

mass noun
  • A soft rock consisting largely of talc.

    Compare with steatite
    • ‘In the center of the altar, to the back, was a lovely image of the Goddess, carved from soapstone.’
    • ‘In Scandinavia many bowls and cooking vessels have been found carved from soapstone, or steatite, a mineral that is very heat tolerant.’
    • ‘Other than ivory and wood, many other materials were used like bone, horn, shell, amber, soapstone or ceramic.’
    • ‘Moulds could also be made by carving out of stone, usually soapstone or slate and occasionally old Roman tiles.’
    • ‘She began carving soapstone and ivory, beadwork and sewing caribou skins long before she took her first jewelry and metalwork course in Igloolik in 1992.’
    • ‘For years, small pieces of soapstone and marble have been hacked from the highway for use in carvings.’
    • ‘Most cooking pots were made from soapstone - this is due to the fact that in Norway's rocky terrain, the easily carved soapstone is quite common, but clay deposits are quite rare.’
    • ‘Inside, a carver kneels on the ground sanding a piece of soapstone.’
    • ‘Besides seeing a shift in subject matter, she said many Inuit carvers now experiment with different media, going beyond soapstone with works of limestone, silver, ebony or copper.’
    • ‘See, the thing about soapstone is that it's porous.’
    • ‘Today all these figures are carved in wood, but materials such as bone, tusk, soapstone and reindeer antler are not commonly used.’
    • ‘They'll focus on smaller vessels, such as outfitters' boats and boats carrying soapstone.’
    • ‘New surfaces are made from chemical compounds and are designed to mimic granite, limestone, marble, slate, or soapstone.’
    • ‘Production procedures across granite, marble, sandstone and soapstone, along with case studies complete the picture.’
    • ‘It felt soft, almost like soapstone, but had the look of clay.’
    • ‘A roomy soapstone sink - Tom's idea - took the place of a shallow stainless-steel model; the soapstone complements the honed granite on the countertops.’
    • ‘Since pipes played an important role in the lives of the Indians, many are elaborately carved or decorated wood, with bowls of finely engraved soapstone.’
    • ‘The stone is like soapstone, very slick and quite soft, easy to carve.’
    • ‘It is the only country which still regularly uses cookware carved from soapstone.’
    • ‘Without soapstone, many people will be unable to make a living, and families will suffer when the steady flow of cash ceases.’

Pronunciation

soapstone

/ˈsəʊpstəʊn/