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.
made of or pertaining to stone.
made of stoneware:
a stone mug or bottle.
stonelike; stony; obdurate:
a stone killer; stone strength.
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.
Edward Durell
[doo-rel,, dyoo-] /dʊˈrɛl,, dyʊ-/ (Show IPA), 1902–78, U.S. architect.
Harlan Fiske
[hahr-luh n] /ˈhɑr lən/ (Show IPA), 1872–1946, U.S. jurist: chief justice of the U.S. 1941–46.
Irving, 1903–1989, U.S. author.
I(sidor) F(einstein) [fahyn-stahyn] /ˈfaɪn staɪn/ (Show IPA), (“Izzy”) 1907–1989, U.S. political journalist.
Lucy, 1818–93, U.S. suffragist (wife of Henry Brown Blackwell).
Contemporary Examples

When pressed on who he thought killed Kennedy, Nixon “would shiver and say, ‘Texas,’” said stone.
Roger Stone’s New Book ‘Solves’ JFK Assassination: Johnson Did It! David Freedlander May 13, 2013

“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” stone writes.
Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup James Kirchick January 4, 2015

They’re free now, in a manner of speaking, and the Dalai Lama lives only a stone’s throw away.
The Dalai Lama’s Great Escape Stephan Talty December 30, 2010

stone gave birth to a boy last month with husband David Walliams.
Lady Gaga’s Fake Nail Sells for $12,000; Israeli Soldiers Reportedly Disciplined for Underwear Photo Shoot The Fashion Beast Team June 2, 2013

stone and I were close friends during the final decade or so of his life and he never mentioned anything of this to me.
I.F. Stone Was No Spy Eric Alterman April 21, 2009

Historical Examples

Mr. stone aided in the establishment of several manufactories at this point.
Cleveland Past and Present Maurice Joblin

Racked with sciatics, martyred with the stone, Will any mortal let himself alone?
Essay on Man Alexander Pope

And as she talked I kept seeing deeper and deeper into the stone.
At the Back of the North Wind George MacDonald

Under this stone, or under this sill, Or under this turf, &c.
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Samuel Johnson

Afterwards the officer’s horse fell with him so that he bruised his head on a stone.
Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski

the hard compact nonmetallic material of which rocks are made related 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
(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

any of various dull grey colours
(as adjective): stone paint

(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
verb (transitive)
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
Oliver. born 1946, US film director and screenwriter: his films include Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), Alexander (2004), and World Trade Center (2006)
Sharon. born 1958, US film actress: her films include Basic Instinct (1991), Casino (1995), and Cold Creek Manor (2003)

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.

stone (stōn)
See calculus.

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.

noun phrase

A piano accordion (1940s+)

A Structured and Open Environment: a project supported by the German Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) to design, implement and distribute a SEE for research and teaching.

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).

stone cold
stone deaf


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