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stone

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noun \ˈstōn\

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: such 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: such asa :  calculus 3ab :  the hard central portion of a drupaceous fruit (such 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 (such 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 in a Sentence

  1. The pedestal is made of stone.

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

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Origin and Etymology of stone

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

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stone

verb

Definition of stone

stoned

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stoning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hurl stones at; especially :  to kill by pelting with stones

  3. 2 archaic :  to make hard or insensitive to feeling

  4. 3 :  to face, pave, or fortify with stones

  5. 4 :  to remove the stones or seeds of (a fruit)

  6. 5a :  to rub, scour, or polish with a stoneb :  to sharpen with a whetstone

stoner

noun

Examples of stone in a Sentence

  1. He was stoned to death for his crimes.

  2. Stone the peaches before serving.

First Known Use of stone

13th century


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stone

adverb

Definition of stone

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

Examples of stone in a Sentence

  1. The soup was stone cold.

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

Examples of stone in a Sentence

  1. the stone stupidity of the senator's statements embarrassed even her staffers

Recent Examples of stone from the Web

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First Known Use of stone

14th century


Stone

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biographical name \ˈstōn\

Definition of Stone

  1. Harlan Fiske 1872–1946 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1941–46)


Stone

biographical name

Definition of Stone

  1. Irving 1903–1989 originally surname Tennenbaum American writer


Stone

biographical name

Definition of Stone

  1. Lucy 1818–1893 American suffragist


STONE Defined for English Language Learners

stone

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noun

Definition of stone for English Language Learners

  • : 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

stone

verb

Definition of stone for English Language Learners

  • : to throw stones at (someone or something)

  • : to kill (someone) by throwing stones

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

stone

adverb

Definition of stone for English Language Learners

  • : totally or completely


STONE Defined for Kids

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stone

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noun \ˈstōn\

Definition of stone for Students

  1. 1 :  earth or mineral matter hardened in a mass :  rock

  2. 2 :  a piece of rock coarser than gravel Don't throw stones.

  3. 3 :  gem 1

  4. 4 :  a stony mass that sometimes forms in certain organs of the body a kidney stone

  5. 5 :  the seed of a fruit (as a peach) in its hard case

  6. 6 plural usually stone :  an English measure of weight equaling 14 pounds (about 6.3 kilograms)


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stone

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verb

Definition of stone for Students

stoned

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stoning

  1. 1 :  to throw stones at

  2. 2 :  to remove the stony seeds of stone cherries


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stone

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adjective

Definition of stone for Students

  1. :  relating to or made of stone a stone wall


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stone

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adverb

Definition of stone for Students

  1. :  completely, totally The soup was stone- cold.


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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