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stone

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noun \ˈstōn\

Simple Definition of stone

  • : a hard substance that comes from the ground and is used for building, carving, etc.

  • : a small piece of rock

  • : a piece of rock used for a particular purpose

Full Definition of stone

  1. 1 :  a concretion of earthy or mineral matter:a (1) :  such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape (2) :  rockb :  a piece of rock for a specified function: as (1) :  a building block (2) :  a paving block (3) :  a precious stone :  gem (4) :  gravestone (5) :  grindstone (6) :  whetstone (7) :  a surface upon which a drawing, text, or design to be lithographed is drawn or transferred

  2. 2 :  something resembling a small stone: asa :  calculus 3ab :  the hard central portion of a drupaceous fruit (as a peach)c :  a hard stony seed (as of a date)

  3. 3 plural usually stone :  any of various units of weight; especially :  an official British unit equal to 14 pounds (6.3 kilograms)

  4. 4a :  curling stoneb :  a round playing piece used in various games (as backgammon or go)

  5. 5 :  a stand or table with a smooth flat top on which to impose or set type

in stone
  1. :  in or into a permanent and unchangeable state <plans are not set in stone>

Examples of stone

  1. The pedestal is made of stone.

  2. His birthdate and date of death were carved on the stone.



Origin of stone

Middle English, from Old English stān; akin to Old High German stein stone, Old Church Slavic stěna wall, and perhaps to Sanskrit styāyate it hardens — more at steato-


First Known Use: before 12th century

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stone

transitive verb

Simple Definition of stone

  • : to throw stones at (someone or something)

  • : to kill (someone) by throwing stones

  • : to remove the hard, large seed of (a fruit)

Full Definition of stone

stonedston·ing

  1. 1 :  to hurl stones at; especially :  to kill by pelting with stones

  2. 2 archaic :  to make hard or insensitive to feeling

  3. 3 :  to face, pave, or fortify with stones

  4. 4 :  to remove the stones or seeds of (a fruit)

  5. 5a :  to rub, scour, or polish with a stoneb :  to sharpen with a whetstone

ston·er noun

Examples of stone

  1. He was stoned to death for his crimes.

  2. Stone the peaches before serving.



13th Century

First Known Use of stone

13th century


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stone

adverb

Simple Definition of stone

  • : totally or completely

Full Definition of stone

  1. :  entirely, utterly —used as an intensive —often used in combination <stone-broke> <stone-cold soup> <stone-dead>

Examples of stone

  1. The soup was stone cold.



13th Century

First Known Use of stone

13th century


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stone

adjective

Definition of stone

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or made of stone

  2. 2 :  absolute, utter <pure stone craziness — Edwin Shrake>




Stone

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biographical name \ˈstōn\

Definition of Stone

  1. Harlan Fiske 1872–1946 Am. jurist; chief justice United States Supreme Court (1941–46)




Stone

biographical name

Definition of Stone

  1. Irving 1903–1989 originally surname Tennenbaum Am. writer




Stone

biographical name

Definition of Stone

  1. Lucy 1818–1893 Am. suffragist




Medical Dictionary

stone

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noun \ˈstōn\

Medical Definition of stone

  1. 1:  calculus 1

  2. 2plural usually stone :  any of various units of weight; especially :  an official British unit equal to 14 pounds (6.3 kilograms)






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