- 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.
- precious stone.
- Chiefly British. one of various units of weight, especially the British unit equivalent to 14 pounds (6.4 kg).
- 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.
- a grindstone.
- a millstone.
- a hailstone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Related Words for stoningbombard, pummel, shower, batter, hurl, assail, pepper, lob, thrust, force, shove, fling, fire, deliver, drive, send, flip, start, lift, push
Examples from the Web for stoning
Contemporary Examples of stoning
When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.Why Liberals Should Back Iraq Intervention
August 11, 2014
Stoning is practiced or authorized by law in 15 countries now.How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me
May 6, 2014
In the Taliban-controlled territory of the northwestern tribal agencies, the penalty is worse: death by firing squad or stoning.Pakistan’s Gay Community Quietly Breaking Barriers
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
October 30, 2013
It said at least 15 men and women face sentences of death by stoning on charges of adultery.More Frightening Facts About Iranian Oppression
March 8, 2012
And you know the Old Testament rules on false prophets [stoning].Left Behind Author Tim LaHaye on the Rapture
May 19, 2011
Historical Examples of stoning
The best that can be said of the stoning habit is that it distracts attention from ourselves.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
The verse, called the "verse of stoning" is an illustration of the second kind.The Faith of Islam
"Lapidation" is good; it is much more elegant than "stoning."A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Add to these the stoning at Lystra, when he was dragged out for dead.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
This does not mean any cruelty to the cat—no stoning, no persecution.The Spring of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
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- 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
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.
- 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.
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