carved/etched/set/written in stone

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of carved/etched/set/written in stone

: permanent or not able to be changed
  • These new rules are not carved in stone; if they don't work, we'll change them.

Word by Word Definitions

carve play carved
  1. : to cut with care or precision

  2. : to make or get by or as if by cutting

  3. : to cut into pieces or slices

etch play etched
  1. : to produce (something, such as a pattern or design) on a hard material by eating into the material's surface (as by acid or laser beam)

  2. : to subject to such etching

  3. : to delineate or impress clearly

  1. : the action or effect of etching a surface

  2. : a chemical agent used in etching

set play
  1. : to cause to sit : place in or on a seat

  2. : to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

  3. : to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

  3. : a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

write play written
  1. : to form (characters, symbols, etc.) on a surface with an instrument (such as a pen)

  2. : to form (words) by inscribing characters or symbols on a surface

  3. : to spell in writing

stone play
  1. : a concretion of earthy or mineral matter:

  2. : such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape

  3. : rock

  1. : to hurl stones at

  2. : to make hard or insensitive to feeling

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

  1. : entirely, utterly

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

  2. : absolute, utter


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