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Glossary of Terms

Glossary is usually defined as an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge. This knowledge base glossary provides a collection of knowledge base documents that define many technical terms. These terms are arranged alphabetically, but you can quickly jump to a specific term by selecting its first letter from the index of the knowledge base glossary below.

IGNEOUS ROCK
One of three principle groups of rock that make up the earth’s surface. Formed by the solidification of molten matter
IMPORT BROKER
One who acts as an independent sales representative in the United States, its territories and Canada for foreign suppliers
IMPORTER
One who purchases, stocks, and distributes foreign materials in the United States, its territories and Canada, in substantial quantities and reliable quality
IMPREGNATION
Applying a chemical containing stain inhibitors that penetrates below the surface of the stone
IMPREGNATOR
Impregnating sealer; a chemical product made of two parts: a resin (solid) and a carrier (water or mineral solvent) to penetrate the surface of a stone to reduce the natural absorbency rate of the stones it is applied to, providing that the stone’s surface tension allows the product to be absorbed by it
INCISE
To cut inwardly or engrave, as in an inscription
INDENTING
Omission of some stones to allow for future bonding-in work
INLAY
Surface decoration achieved by the insertion of lines or patterns of contrasting material