hard stone


: an opaque usually semiprecious stone that can be shaped or carved (as for jewelry or mosaics)

Examples of hard stone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite its small footprint and hard stone surfaces, the backyard feels incredibly lush, with its walls lined with greenery. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 19 July 2023 Your recklessness with your life produced in me a worry that sat like a small, hard stone in my belly. Maria Zorn, Longreads, 7 Mar. 2023 Cofalit has the appearance of a hard stone that is not homogeneous, with a charcoal color and polished look. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 Mesoamerican people were also known for carving ornate sculptures and ceremonial objects out of hard stone and gems, including crystals. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 The opposite of control is this: a soft wind over a hard stone, a mother present at breakfast gone by dusk, the insistent whisper of that terrible word, abandoned. Kerry Howley, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2022 There was no safety net above the hard stone floor. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 23 June 2022 With the pews full, an older woman dressed in a silk skirt knelt slowly on the hard stone floor beneath the vaulted ceiling to pray. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 The medium of choice: washed hard stone like granite or quartz, not limestone or sandstone. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard stone was in 1853

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“Hard stone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20stone. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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