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 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.
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.

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

stonable, stoneable, adjective
stoneless, adjective
stonelessness, noun
stonelike, adjective
unstonable, adjective
unstoneable, adjective

boulder, cobblestone, granule, pebble, rock, stone. Unabridged


Edward Durell [doo-rel, dyoo-] , 1902–78, U.S. architect.
Harlan Fiske [hahr-luhn] , 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] , ("Izzy") 1907–1989, U.S. political journalist.
Lucy, 1818–93, U.S. suffragist (wife of Henry Brown Blackwell). Unabridged
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stone (stəʊn)
n , stone
1.  the hard compact nonmetallic material of which rocks are madeRelated: lithic
2.  a small lump of rock; pebble
3.  jewellery short for gemstone
4.  a.  a piece of rock designed or shaped for some particular purpose
 b.  (in combination): gravestone; millstone
5.  a.  something that resembles a stone
 b.  (in combination): hailstone
6.  the woody central part of such fruits as the peach and plum, that contains the seed; endocarp
7.  any similar hard part of a fruit, such as the stony seed of a date
8.  (Brit) a unit of weight, used esp to express human body weight, equal to 14 pounds or 6.350 kilograms
9.  Also called: granite the rounded heavy mass of granite or iron used in the game of curling
10.  pathol a nontechnical name for calculus
11.  printing a table with a very flat iron or stone surface upon which hot-metal pages are composed into formes; imposition table
12.  rare (in certain games) a piece or man
13.  a.  any of various dull grey colours
 b.  (as adjective): stone paint
14.  (modifier) relating to or made of stone: a stone house
15.  (modifier) made of stoneware: a stone jar
16.  cast a stone at cast aspersions upon
17.  heart of stone an obdurate or unemotional nature
18.  leave no stone unturned to do everything possible to achieve an end
19.  (in combination) completely: stone-cold; stone-dead
20.  to throw stones at, esp to kill
21.  to remove the stones from
22.  to furnish or provide with stones
23.  slang (Brit), (Austral) stone the crows an expression of surprise, dismay, etc
Related: lithic
[Old English stān; related to Old Saxon stēn, German Stein, Old Norse steinn, Gothic stains, Greek stion pebble]

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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stan, used of common rocks, precious gems, concretions in the body, memorial stones, from P.Gmc. *stainaz (cf. O.N. steinn, Dan. steen, O.H.G., Ger. stein, Goth. stains), from PIE *stai- "stone," also "to thicken, stiffen" (cf. Skt. styayate "curdles, becomes hard;" Avestan stay- "heap;" Gk. stear
"fat, tallow," stia, stion "pebble;" O.C.S. stena "wall"). Slang sense of "testicle" is from 1154. The British measure of weight (usually equal to 14 pounds) is from 1390s, originally a specific stone. Phrase stone's throw for "a short distance" is attested from 1581. Metaphoric use of stone wall for "act of obstruction" is first attested 1876; stonewall (v.) "to obstruct" is from 1914. Stone Age is from 1864. To kill two birds with one stone is first attested 1656.

c.1200, "to pelt with stones," from stone (n.). Stoned "drunk, intoxicated with narcotics" is 1930s slang; stoner "stuporous person" is from 1960s.

intensifying adj., 1935, first recorded in black slang, probably from earlier use in phrases like stone blind (late 14c., lit. "blind as a stone"), stone deaf, etc., from stone (n.). Stone cold sober dates from 1937.
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Medical Dictionary

stone (stōn)
See calculus.

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Science Dictionary
stone   (stōn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Rock, especially when used in construction.

  2. The hard, woody inner layer (the endocarp) of a drupe such as a cherry or peach. Not in scientific use.

  3. See calculus.

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Computing Dictionary

STONE definition

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.

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Stone definition

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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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with stone, 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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Example sentences for stone
Often there was a headrest as well, semicylindrical and made of stone, wood or
Rolling stone called it a performance of emotional grandeur and historical
To the southwest were the remains of a stone stupa built by king asoka.
They were housed in extremely solid chicken coops built from stone.
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