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
Examples from the Web for stones
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.
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|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An angry mob brandishing machetes, stones, and knives lashed out.
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|DAILY BEAST
Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.
Soon the crashing of glass was heard, as stones were hurled at the dwellings of known Catholics.Orange and Green|G. A. Henty
He made as great an outcry about Sophie's going as he had about losing his stones.The Black Opal|Katharine Susannah Prichard
They had no weapons, but there were plenty of stones, and stones might answer.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And the doctrines of the Church are but as the stones in a building, the letters of an alphabet, or the words of a language.Is Life Worth Living?|William Hurrell Mallock
He made his famous escape in Toxley Wood, close by, and to this day the place is marked with three stones.Set in Silver|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for stones (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for stones (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for stones (3 of 3)
- 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
Derived Formsstonable or stoneable, adjectivestoneless, adjectivestonelessness, nounstonelike, adjective
Word Origin for stone
Medicine definitions for stones
Science definitions for stones
Idioms and Phrases with stones
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