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.
- stomping ground,
- stone age,
- stone axe,
- stone bass,
- stone boiling,
- stone bramble
Origin of stone
Examples from the Web for stoning
When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.
Stoning is practiced or authorized by law in 15 countries now.How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me|Jillian Lauren|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
It said at least 15 men and women face sentences of death by stoning on charges of adultery.
And you know the Old Testament rules on false prophets [stoning].
This boy was screaming with fear; and John perceived that he was the boy who had been stoning frogs.The Summer Holidays|Amerel
So, instead of stoning Rafael, we shall marry him to Rebecca; and in time you shall be the grandfather of a boy; a boy, I say!The Ghetto|Herman Heijermans
It is the spot where executions by stoning were carried out.Cities of the Dawn|J. Ewing Ritchie
He sent his task-master, Adoniram, to them, but the people slew the ill-chosen messenger by stoning him to death.The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)|Max Duncker
Also he thought of the stoning of One greater than St. Francis.Robert Annys: Poor Priest|Annie Nathan Meyer
- 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