Idioms

    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

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; (v.) Middle English stanen, stonen, derivative of the noun; (adj. and adv.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

Related forms

Can be confused

boulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone
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British Dictionary definitions for stones (1 of 3)

Stones

/ (stəʊnz) /

pl n

British Dictionary definitions for stones (2 of 3)

Stone

/ (stəʊn) /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for stones (3 of 3)

stone

/ (stəʊn) /

noun

adverb

(in combination) completelystone-cold; stone-dead

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

stonable 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
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Medicine definitions for stones

stone

[ stōn ]

n.

calculus
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Science definitions for stones

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.
See calculus.
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Idioms and Phrases with stones

stone


In addition to the idioms beginning with stone

  • stone cold
  • stone deaf

also see:

  • 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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