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
(4) : gravestone
(5) : grindstone
(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

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 combination stone-brokestone-cold soupstone-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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Other Words from stone

Verb

stoner noun

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

Situated some 3,000 meters above sea level, the funereal grounds are filled with tombs consisting of shaft chambers, most of which are covered with circular piles of stones. Amina Khan, chicagotribune.com, "Ancient drug paraphernalia reveals that people smoked pot in China 2,500 years ago," 26 Aug. 2019 The cemetery where your mother is buried will have specific regulations regarding size and type of stone. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Family at odds over what to put on mother’s gravestone," 24 Aug. 2019 The cemetery where your mother is buried will have specific regulations regarding size and type of stone. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Mom’s grave is going to need a larger stone," 24 Aug. 2019 The cemetery where your mother is buried will have specific regulations regarding size and type of stone. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Can I stop them from adding these words to her gravestone?," 24 Aug. 2019 The cemetery where your mother is buried will have specific regulations regarding size and type of stone. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Mom’s grave is going to need a larger stone," 24 Aug. 2019 The cemetery where your mother is buried will have specific regulations regarding size and type of stone. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Mom’s grave is going to need a larger stone," 24 Aug. 2019 The sheer horror watching that man's stone-faced complacency with the status quo to Billy's cries is one of the few in this film that isn't wracked with violence. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Nightingale' is a disturbingly brutal meditation on revenge from 'Babadook' filmmaker," 21 Aug. 2019 Even for stone-cold sober viewers, the fiery, delicate work of glass artists makes for more captivating television than cooking or fashion design. Judy Berman, Time, "The 6 Best New Shows of Summer 2019," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By the time darkness had consumed the house on Romero Canyon Road, Richard, Jan, Barbara, Ruth, and I were fairly well stoned. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Manson Girl Who Got Away," 29 July 2019 In this photo, Chicago police hover over the body of a black man who was stoned to death by white residents in Chicago during the 1919 riots. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Where Pritzker’s tax plan money will come from, Illinois GOP’s ‘Jihad Squad’ post and other things to know to start your day," 22 July 2019 In April, Brunei instituted the death penalty by stoning for homosexuality. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment Is Rising Around the World," 3 June 2019 The people who can’t handle being stoned in public are not going to suddenly learn how. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 Wine, however, gained global prominence in 2018 following his arrest alongside several opposition politicians accused of stoning the President's convoy. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Ugandan pop star-turned-policitian Bobi Wine says he's running for president," 24 July 2019 And, then as now, there is a real moral danger for those of us standing outside the prison walls looking in — pruriently, self-righteously, indignantly, eyes blazing, stoned on outrage, hearts full of merciless joy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 2019 In some of the Halle warehouse’s graves, women clutch purses and bags hung with canine teeth from dozens of dogs; men have stone battle-axes. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 Fears that stoned customers would wreak havoc on the roadways haven’t proved true, and most customers opt for Uber or Lyft, Tsalyuk said. Naomi Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "As Mass. debates marijuana cafes, Colorado’s burgeoning scene offers insights," 9 July 2019

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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stone

noun

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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