stone

noun
\ ˈstōn How to pronounce stone (audio) \

Definition of stone

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1 : a concretion of earthy or mineral matter:
a(1) : such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape
(2) : rock
b : a piece of rock for a specified function: such as
(1) : a building block
(2) : a paving block
(3) : a precious stone : gem
(6) : whetstone
(7) : a surface upon which a drawing, text, or design to be lithographed is drawn or transferred
2 : something resembling a small stone: such as
b : the hard central portion of a drupaceous fruit (such as a peach)
c : a hard stony seed (as of a date)
3 plural usually stone : any of various units of weight especially : an official British unit equal to 14 pounds (6.3 kilograms)
b : a round playing piece used in various games (such as backgammon or go)
5 : a stand or table with a smooth flat top on which to impose or set type
in stone
: in or into a permanent and unchangeable state plans are not set in stone

stone

verb
stoned; stoning; stones

Definition of stone (Entry 2 of 7)

transitive verb

1 : to hurl stones at especially : to kill by pelting with stones
2 archaic : to make hard or insensitive to feeling
3 : to face, pave, or fortify with stones
4 : to remove the stones or seeds of (a fruit)
5a : to rub, scour, or polish with a stone
b : to sharpen with a whetstone

stone

adverb

Definition of stone (Entry 3 of 7)

: entirely, utterly used as an intensive often used in combinationstone-brokestone-dead

stone

adjective

Definition of stone (Entry 4 of 7)

1 : of, relating to, or made of stone
2 : absolute, utter pure stone craziness— Edwin Shrake

Stone

biographical name (1)
\ ˈstōn How to pronounce Stone (audio) \

Definition of Stone (Entry 5 of 7)

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

Stone

biographical name (2)

Definition of Stone (Entry 6 of 7)

Irving 1903–1989 originally surname Tennenbaum American writer

Stone

biographical name (3)

Definition of Stone (Entry 7 of 7)

Lucy 1818–1893 American suffragist

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Examples of stone in a Sentence

Noun The pedestal is made of stone. His birthdate and date of death were carved on the stone. Verb He was stoned to death for his crimes. Stone the peaches before serving. Adverb The soup was stone cold. Adjective the stone stupidity of the senator's statements embarrassed even her staffers
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But now, by elevating Garland to the Justice Department, Biden has a shot at putting someone on a court that often acts as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Merrick Garland move to Justice will give Biden new pick for influential DC appeals court," 8 Jan. 2021 While working as an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute, Diana and her co-worker/future arch-nemesis Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig) come across a seemingly innocuous ancient stone. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Wonder Woman 1984 Marks The Surprising Return Of Your Favourite Comic Book Boyfriend," 29 Dec. 2020 County chapters of the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women, which also organize a network of political action committees to spend money on races, are an important stepping stone for many Republican women seeking office, Fulmer added. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Fewer women going to state Capitol," 27 Dec. 2020 Next to it stands a monument topped by a stone on which another patriot stood to give a fiery speech supporting the cause of liberty. Jennifer Schuessler, chicagotribune.com, "Uncovering lost Black history, stone by stone," 26 Dec. 2020 The Broken Stone Special ($18.79 for a 12-inch) was a mixed mash of meats and vegetables that forced the crust to sink like a stone, making eating it a two-hand job. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Broken Stone Pizza Co. in Boerne has worst cheese of the series," 25 Dec. 2020 Rhea swaddles a stone to trick the infanticidal Kronos into swallowing it rather than their child Zeus. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "‘The Oxford Handbook of Christmas’ Review: The Making of a Holiday," 23 Dec. 2020 These kids have taken us and laid a stepping stone, a foundation to what a championship team is going to look like. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Clay Helton said after USC lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game," 19 Dec. 2020 Chief Ivan Blunka School sits a stone’s throw from the vast Nushagak River. Anchorage Daily News, "Going ‘old school’: How one rural Alaska community is keeping students engaged during quarantine," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chen and his team added depth through materials, taking the clients to stone yards and fabrication shops to choose and approve woods, marbles, metals, and wallcoverings with patina and figuration. Alexandra Lange, ELLE Decor, "How One Architect Kept the Cozy in a Sleek Redo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side," 5 Jan. 2021 In the Gospel, a group of Pharisees have gathered to stone a woman accused of adultery. Annie Geng, Harpers Magazine, "The New New Testament," 5 Jan. 2021 On the night before their departure, the authorities ordered all their neighbors to go out at twilight and stone their house. Denise Grady, New York Times, "H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95," 28 Dec. 2020 The defense faces a tough test in Boise, but will stone the obviously overmatched others. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: BYU always wanted to play football the way it did 40 years ago. Now, it is.," 25 Oct. 2020 Kill me, hate me, stone me, but bury me an honest man. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A Timeline of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & August Alsina's 'Entanglement'," 20 Aug. 2020 Kill me, hate me, stone me, but bury me an honest man. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A Timeline of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & August Alsina's 'Entanglement'," 20 Aug. 2020 The townspeople, including her husband and children, close in and stone her to death. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, "A Game of Chance," 15 Sep. 2020 After Alec Martinez’s shot from the right circle, Tuch tried to sneak the rebound past Khudobin, who outstretched his left leg to stone him. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘We don’t win it without his play’: 38 saves from Anton Khudobin propel Stars to Game 3 win," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Instead, a curved, gently sloped, stone path landscaped with shrubs, leads from the driveway to the front door. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "In Lower Gwynedd, a renovated bungalow to grow old in," 5 Feb. 2018 Stone tools, animal bones and evidence of fire were also found within the same layer at the site. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Oldest Homo sapiens fossils discovered," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of stone

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stone

Noun

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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Time Traveler for stone

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The first known use of stone was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stone. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for stone

stone

noun
How to pronounce Stone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stone

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of stone (Entry 2 of 3)

: to throw stones at (someone or something)
: to kill (someone) by throwing stones
British : to remove the hard, large seed of (a fruit)

stone

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of stone (Entry 3 of 3)

: totally or completely

stone

noun
\ ˈstōn How to pronounce stone (audio) \

Kids Definition of stone

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : earth or mineral matter hardened in a mass : rock
2 : a piece of rock coarser than gravel Don't throw stones.
4 : a stony mass that sometimes forms in certain organs of the body a kidney stone
5 : the seed of a fruit (as a peach) in its hard case
6 plural usually stone : an English measure of weight equaling 14 pounds (about 6.3 kilograms)

stone

verb
stoned; stoning

Kids Definition of stone (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to throw stones at
2 : to remove the stony seeds of stone cherries

stone

adjective

Kids Definition of stone (Entry 3 of 4)

: relating to or made of stone a stone wall

stone

adverb

Kids Definition of stone (Entry 4 of 4)

: completely, totally The soup was stone- cold.

stone

noun
\ ˈstōn How to pronounce stone (audio) \

Medical Definition of stone

2 plural usually stone : any of various units of weight especially : an official British unit equal to 14 pounds (6.3 kilograms)

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