noun, plural stones for 1–5, 7–19, stone for 6.
- a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gallbladder, or urinary bladder.
- a disease arising from such a concretion.
verb (used with object), stoned, ston·ing.
Origin of stone
Related Words for stonesmetal, crystal, grain, rock, gravel, gem, mineral, pebble, jewel, masonry, ore, boulder, crag, stonework
Examples from the Web for stones
Contemporary Examples of stones
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
The stones are flat tables (once of actual stone, but now usually of steel) on which printers do much of their work.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
An angry mob brandishing machetes, stones, and knives lashed out.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
O daughter of Babylon… Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.Up to a Point: Shrugging Our Way Back to War in Iraq
P. J. O’Rourke
August 16, 2014
Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.The First Amendment Works, But Does it Work Blue?
July 19, 2014
Historical Examples of stones
This afternoon I took a round of angles and bearings from a pile of stones on the hill.
No stones or other missiles were used; the battle was fist to fist.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
We could follow the blood-drops for a long way over the stones.
So it is almost with a shudder I take my last look at the Stones of Carnac.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
I was too far to hear him, but the people broke out with a shower of sticks and stones.The Trail Book
- a piece of rock designed or shaped for some particular purpose
- (in combination)gravestone; millstone
- something that resembles a stone
- (in combination)hailstone
- any of various dull grey colours
- (as adjective)stone paint
Word Origin for stone
Old English stan, used of common rocks, precious gems, concretions in the body, memorial stones, from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (cf. Old Norse steinn, Danish steen, Old High German and German stein, Gothic stains), from PIE *stai- "stone," also "to thicken, stiffen" (cf. Sanskrit styayate "curdles, becomes hard;" Avestan stay- "heap;" Greek stear "fat, tallow," stia, stion "pebble;" Old Church Slavonic stena "wall").
Slang sense of "testicle" is from mid-12c. The British measure of weight (usually equal to 14 pounds) is from late 14c., originally a specific stone. Stone's throw for "a short distance" is attested from 1580s. Stone Age is from 1864. To kill two birds with one stone is first attested 1650s.
intensifying adjective, 1935, first recorded in black slang, probably from earlier use in phrases like stone blind (late 14c., literally "blind as a stone"), stone deaf, etc., from stone (n.). Stone cold sober dates from 1937.
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