Stone Age

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noun

1
: the first known period of prehistoric human culture characterized by the use of stone tools compare mesolithic, neolithic, paleolithic
2
: a stage in a human institution or field of endeavor regarded as primitive, outmoded, or obsolete
the Stone Age of information handling before computers

Stone Age

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adjective

1
: of, relating to, or resembling the culture of the Stone Age especially in the use of stone implements
modern Stone Age peoples
our Stone Age ancestors
2
: primitive, outmoded, or unsophisticated (as in ideas or technology) by currently accepted standards
marauding mercenaries with Stone Age political ideasRobert Moss
using a Stone Age camera

Examples of Stone Age in a Sentence

Adjective Stone Age attitudes about the raising of children.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The approach may open new avenues of inquiry for scientists hoping to assess the capabilities of our Stone Age ancestors, said Alex Mackay, an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong in Australia who wasn’t affiliated with the research. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 Archaeologists also found five Stone Age workshops where different types of rock were shaped into tools, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 The practice of cremation goes back much further, with evidence dating back to the late Stone Age in Europe and the Middle East. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 The oldest specimen in the lab is an 8,000-year-old brain from Stone Age Sweden, which was mounted on a spike before burial in a lakebed. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 The site had an unusually high abundance of fish compared to other Stone Age sites, suggesting that people captured more fish as waterholes shrank during the dry season. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Personal adornment — including earring-like objects thought to be worn as piercings — has been documented among Neolithic or late Stone Age peoples in multiple locations across southwest Asia, with evidence from as far back as 12,000 years ago. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 The tools date back about 120,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the Middle Palaeolithic era or Old Stone Age. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 Middle Stone Age bone tools from the Howiesons Poort layers, Sibudu Cave, South Africa. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Stone Age was in 1844

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“Stone Age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Stone%20Age. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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Stone Age

noun
: the oldest period in which human beings are known to have existed that is marked by the use of stone tools

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