noun, plural stones for 1–5, 7–19, stone for 6.
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.
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 gravestone or tombstone.
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. .
made of or pertaining to stone.
made of :
a stone mug or bottle.
stonelike; ; obdurate:
a stone killer; stone strength.
completely; totally (usually used in combination):
verb (used with object), stoned, stoning.
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.
the hard compact nonmetallic material of which rocks are made related adjective lithic
a small lump of rock; pebble
(jewellery) short for gemstone
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
(Brit) (pl) stone. 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
(modifier) relating to or made of stone: a stone house
(modifier) made of stoneware: a 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) completely: stone-cold, stone-dead
to throw stones at, esp to kill
to remove the stones from
to furnish or provide with stones
(Brit & Austral, slang) stone the crows, an expression of surprise, dismay, etc
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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.
c.1200, “to pelt with stones,” from stone (n.). Related: Stoned; stoning.
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.
A piano accordion (1940s+)
Stones were commonly used for buildings, also as memorials of important events (Gen. 28:18; Josh. 24:26, 27; 1 Sam. 7:12, etc.). They were gathered out of cultivated fields (Isa. 5:2; comp. 2 Kings 3:19). This word is also used figuratively of believers (1 Pet. 2:4, 5), and of the Messiah (Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16; Matt. 21:42; Acts 4:11, etc.). In Dan. 2:45 it refers also to the Messiah. He is there described as “cut out of the mountain.” (See ROCK.) A “heart of stone” denotes great insensibility (1 Sam. 25:37). Stones were set up to commemorate remarkable events, as by Jacob at Bethel (Gen. 28:18), at Padan-aram (35:4), and on the occasion of parting with Laban (31:45-47); by Joshua at the place on the banks of the Jordan where the people first “lodged” after crossing the river (Josh. 6:8), and also in “the midst of Jordan,” where he erected another set of twelve stones (4:1-9); and by Samuel at “Ebenezer” (1 Sam. 7:12).
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- Leave one cold
Disappoint one, fail to interest one. For example, This book leaves me cold. This expression, first recorded in 1853, employs cold in the sense of “unenthusiastic” or “indifferent,” a usage dating from the late 1100s.
- Leave open
1. Keep undecided or unscheduled, as in We don’t know how much fabric will be needed; let’s leave that open, or The doctor leaves Fridays open for consultation. This expression uses open in the sense of “undetermined,” a usage dating from the mid-1500s. 2. leave oneself open . Remain vulnerable to; also, remain willing to […]