[ stohn ]
/ stoʊn /
noun, plural stones for 1-5, 7-19, stone for 6.
the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
a rock or particular piece or kind of rock, as a boulder or piece of agate.
a piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for a particular purpose: paving stone;building stone.
a small piece of rock, as a pebble.
Chiefly British. one of various units of weight, especially the British unit equivalent to 14 pounds (6.4 kilograms).
something resembling a small piece of rock in size, shape, or hardness.
any small, hard seed, as of a date; pit.
Botany. the hard endocarp of a drupe, as of a peach.
- a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gallbladder, or urinary bladder.
- a disease arising from such a concretion.
a gravestone or tombstone.
Building Trades. any of various artificial materials imitating cut stone or rubble.
Printing. a table with a smooth surface, formerly made of stone, on which page forms are composed.
(in lithography) any surface on which an artist draws or etches a picture or design from which a lithograph is made.
a playing piece in the game of dominoes, checkers, or backgammon.
Usually stones . testes.
completely; totally (usually used in combination): stone cold.
verb (used with object), stoned, ston·ing.
to throw stones at; drive by pelting with stones.
to put to death by pelting with stones.
to provide, fit, pave, line, face or fortify with stones.
to rub (something) with or on a stone, as to sharpen, polish, or smooth.
to remove stones from, as fruit.
Obsolete. to make insensitive or unfeeling.
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Idioms for stone
cast the first stone, to be the first to condemn or blame a wrongdoer; be hasty in one's judgment: What right has she to cast the first stone?
leave no stone unturned, to exhaust every possibility in attempting to achieve one's goal; spare no effort: We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find the culprit.
Origin of stone
First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English stan, sto(o)n,Old English stān; cognate with Dutch steen, German Stein, Old Norse steinn, Gothic stains; akin to Greek stī́a “pebble,” Latin stīria “icicle”; (verb) Middle English stanen, stonen, derivative of the noun; (adjective and adverb) Middle English, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM stone
ston·a·ble, stone·a·ble, adjectivestoneless, adjectivestone·less·ness, nounstonelike, adjective
un·ston·a·ble, adjectiveun·stone·a·ble, adjective
Definition for stone (2 of 2)
[ stohn ]
/ stoʊn /
Edward Du·rell [doo-rel, dyoo-], /dʊˈrɛl, dyʊ-/, 1902–78, U.S. architect.
Har·lan Fiske [hahr-luhn], /ˈhɑr lən/, 1872–1946, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1941–46.
Irving, 1903–1989, U.S. author.
I(sidor) F(ein·stein) [fahyn-stahyn], /ˈfaɪn staɪn/, "Izzy", 1907–1989, U.S. political journalist.
Lucy, 1818–93, U.S. suffragist (wife of Henry Brown Blackwell).
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British Dictionary definitions for stone (1 of 3)
/ (stəʊn) /
the hard compact nonmetallic material of which rocks are madeRelated adjective: lithic
a small lump of rock; pebble
jewellery short for gemstone
- a piece of rock designed or shaped for some particular purpose
- (in combination)gravestone; millstone
- something that resembles a stone
- (in combination)hailstone
the woody central part of such fruits as the peach and plum, that contains the seed; endocarp
any similar hard part of a fruit, such as the stony seed of a date
plural stone British a unit of weight, used esp to express human body weight, equal to 14 pounds or 6.350 kilograms
Also called: granite the rounded heavy mass of granite or iron used in the game of curling
pathol a nontechnical name for calculus
printing a table with a very flat iron or stone surface upon which hot-metal pages are composed into formes; imposition table
rare (in certain games) a piece or man
- any of various dull grey colours
- (as adjective)stone paint
(modifier) relating to or made of stonea stone house
(modifier) made of stonewarea stone jar
cast a stone at cast aspersions upon
heart of stone an obdurate or unemotional nature
leave no stone unturned to do everything possible to achieve an end
(in combination) completelystone-cold; stone-dead
to throw stones at, esp to kill
to remove the stones from
to furnish or provide with stones
stone the crows British and Australian slang an expression of surprise, dismay, etc
Derived forms of stonestonable or stoneable, adjectivestoneless, adjectivestonelessness, nounstonelike, adjective
Word Origin for stone
Old English stān; related to Old Saxon stēn, German Stein, Old Norse steinn, Gothic stains, Greek stion pebble
British Dictionary definitions for stone (2 of 3)
/ (stəʊn) /
Oliver. born 1946, US film director and screenwriter: his films include Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), Alexander (2004), and World Trade Center (2006)
Sharon. born 1958, US film actress: her films include Basic Instinct (1991), Casino (1995), and Cold Creek Manor (2003)
British Dictionary definitions for stone (3 of 3)
very; completelystone-blind; stone-cold
Word Origin for stone-
from stone in the sense of "like a stone"
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Medical definitions for stone
[ stōn ]
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Scientific definitions for stone
[ stōn ]
Rock, especially when used in construction.
The hard, woody inner layer (the endocarp) of a drupe such as a cherry or peach. Not in scientific use.
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Idioms and Phrases with stone
In addition to the idioms beginning with stone
- stone cold
- stone deaf
- cast in stone
- cast the first stone
- flat (stone) broke
- heart of stone
- leave no stone unturned
- rolling stone gathers no moss
- run into a stone wall
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