- the period in the history of humankind, preceding the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and marked by the use of stone implements and weapons: subdivided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods.
Origin of Stone Age
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for stone age
They were in the stone-age when first discovered, and had no bows and arrows.Anthropology
Can it be that I inherit from a stone-age ancestor both the fear and love of the bull-roarer?Rustic Sounds
They build their nests, or dens, in almost precisely the same manner as did their progenitors in the stone-age.Thought-Culture
William Walker Atkinson
Through some strange freak of atavism the father of the boy bred back, and was more or less of a Stone-Age cave-dweller.
As far as they know, they are an indigenous race; they have a long pre-history of stone-age savagery.Police Operation
H. Beam Piper
- a period in human culture identified by the use of stone implements and usually divided into the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic stages
- (sometimes not capitals) of or relating to this periodstone-age man
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A period encompassing all of human history, perhaps several million years, before the Bronze Age. In the Stone Age, people learned to make and use stone tools and weapons.
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