from the book Encylcopedia of Freemasonry & its Kindred Sciences
by Albert C. Mackey M. D.
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Operative Masonry - Freemasonry, in its character as an Operative Art, is familiar to everyone. As such, it is engaged in the application of the rules and principles of architecture to the construction of edifices for private and public use, houses for the dwelling-place of man, and temples for the worship of the Deity. It abounds, like every other art, in the use of technical terms, and employs, in practice, an abundance of implements and materials which are peculiar to itself. This Operative Art has been the foundation on which has been built the Speculative Science of Freemasonry (see Speculative Masonry).
OPERATIVE MASONS - Workers in stone, who construct material edifices, in contradistinction to Speculative Masons, who build spiritual edifices.