hard stone


Definition of 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 Lee and Winslet present us with the image of a hard stone to crack. Armond White, National Review, "In Ammonite, Artistry Competes with a Demand for Allyship," 13 Nov. 2020 Botanically speaking, stone fruits are a type of drupe: thin-skin fruits with soft flesh around a hard stone or pit encasing their seeds. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apriums, Pluots, and Plumcots—the Newest Stone Fruits You'll See at Your Local Farmers Market," 11 Aug. 2020 Over time, those crystals can become small, hard stones. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "What Does It Mean if You’re Peeing Blood? We Asked a Doctor," 9 Sep. 2019 Kidney stones develop when salt and other minerals found in urine stick together and form into hard stone-like deposits. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "9 Causes of Smelly Urine—and What to Do About It," 31 July 2019 It Up Alternating materials, like gold with hard stones or mother of pearl, add visual interest. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Will These Gold Chains Make You Look Like Jackie O in the Summer?," 24 July 2019 Unlike a hard stone, Wilson’s voice is warm, like a low soothing hum with a touch of soul. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Day Wilson Will Put You In Your Feelings," 26 June 2018 Someone a little like us invested extra time and effort to enact these shapes on hard stone. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Was Australopithecus an Artist?," 1 Feb. 2018 The animating premise appears to be that Hamlet and Ophelia (Gayle Rankin) are naïve youngsters who are broken on the hard stone of reality. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Hamlet’ Review: A Star Vehicle That’s Worth the Ride," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of hard stone

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Hard stone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20stone. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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