follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

stone

[stohn] /stoʊn/
noun, plural stones for 1–5, 7–19, stone for 6.
1.
the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
2.
a rock or particular piece or kind of rock, as a boulder or piece of agate.
3.
a piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for a particular purpose:
paving stone; building stone.
4.
a small piece of rock, as a pebble.
6.
Chiefly British. one of various units of weight, especially the British unit equivalent to 14 pounds (6.4 kg).
7.
something resembling a small piece of rock in size, shape, or hardness.
8.
any small, hard seed, as of a date; pit.
9.
Botany. the hard endocarp of a drupe, as of a peach.
10.
Pathology.
  1. a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gallbladder, or urinary bladder.
  2. a disease arising from such a concretion.
11.
a gravestone or tombstone.
12.
a grindstone.
13.
a millstone.
14.
a hailstone.
15.
Building Trades. any of various artificial materials imitating cut stone or rubble.
16.
Printing. a table with a smooth surface, formerly made of stone, on which page forms are composed.
17.
(in lithography) any surface on which an artist draws or etches a picture or design from which a lithograph is made.
18.
a playing piece in the game of dominoes, checkers, or backgammon.
19.
Usually, stones. testes.
adjective
20.
made of or pertaining to stone.
21.
made of stoneware:
a stone mug or bottle.
22.
stonelike; stony; obdurate:
a stone killer; stone strength.
adverb
23.
completely; totally (usually used in combination):
stone cold.
verb (used with object), stoned, stoning.
24.
to throw stones at; drive by pelting with stones.
25.
to put to death by pelting with stones.
26.
to provide, fit, pave, line, face or fortify with stones.
27.
to rub (something) with or on a stone, as to sharpen, polish, or smooth.
28.
to remove stones from, as fruit.
29.
Obsolete. to make insensitive or unfeeling.
Idioms
30.
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?
31.
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
900
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
Related forms
stonable, stoneable, adjective
stoneless, adjective
stonelessness, noun
stonelike, adjective
unstonable, adjective
unstoneable, adjective
Can be confused
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for stones
  • It also has a lower risk of contributing to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Cranberry juice components also show efficacy against formation of kidney stones.
British Dictionary definitions for stones

Stones

/stəʊnz/
plural noun
1.
the. See Rolling Stones

stone

/stəʊn/
noun
1.
the hard compact nonmetallic material of which rocks are made related adjective lithic
2.
a small lump of rock; pebble
3.
(jewellery) short for gemstone
4.
  1. a piece of rock designed or shaped for some particular purpose
  2. (in combination): gravestone, millstone
5.
  1. something that resembles a stone
  2. (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) (pl) stone. 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.
  1. any of various dull grey colours
  2. (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
adverb
19.
(in combination) completely: stone-cold, stone-dead
verb (transitive)
20.
to throw stones at, esp to kill
21.
to remove the stones from
22.
to furnish or provide with stones
23.
(Brit & Austral, slang) stone the crows, an expression of surprise, dismay, etc
Derived Forms
stonable, stoneable, adjective
stoneless, adjective
stonelessness, noun
stonelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English stān; related to Old Saxon stēn, German Stein, Old Norse steinn, Gothic stains, Greek stion pebble

Stone

/stəʊn/
noun
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), Alexander (2004), and World Trade Center (2006)
2.
Sharon. born 1958, US film actress: her films include Basic Instinct (1991), Casino (1995), and Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Contemporary definitions for stones
plural noun

testicles, implying also gumption, courage, and moral strength

Usage Note

euphemism, slang

Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stones

stone

n.

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.

v.

c.1200, "to pelt with stones," from stone (n.). Related: Stoned; stoning.

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
stones in Medicine

stone (stōn)
n.
See calculus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
stones in Science
stone
  (stōn)   
  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.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for stones

stoned to the eyes

adjective phrase

Completely intoxicated; high: Under that tree, stoned to the eyes, I wolf down Daybreak, Joan Baez's autobiography (1970s+)

Related Terms

to the eyes


stomach Steinway

noun phrase

A piano accordion (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
stones in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with stones
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stone

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stones

6
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with stones

Nearby words for stones