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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


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



Definition of stone (Entry 3 of 7)

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



Definition of stone (Entry 4 of 7)

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


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Stone (Entry 5 of 7)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Stone (Entry 6 of 7)

Irving 1903–1989 originally surname Tennenbaum American writer


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 The way Escobedo sees it, those bands of white and yellow gold bear more than just shimmering center stones and favorite campus activities or interests. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio man reunites lost class rings with their owners," 7 Nov. 2019 The biggest issue is that New England D, which has been stone-walling everyone all season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Patriots-Ravens odds: Baltimore home underdog in big test for New England," 2 Nov. 2019 Why doesn’t the state make mandatory that any house deemed to be in a fire zone be made of brick or stone? Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The World Series is leading us to an ominous place. Don't do it, MLB.," 29 Oct. 2019 The Inca employed local granitic bedrock, forming it by hand with stone tools. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Carpenter restored the stone curtain wall of the landmark building. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Nordstrom Officially Opens The Doors to Their Manhattan Flagship," 24 Oct. 2019 Through it all, Collins just sat there stone-faced, towel draped around his shoulder, consumed with anger. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Student of the game: Zach Collins, primed for a bigger role with Portland Trail Blazers, has long been preparing for this moment," 22 Oct. 2019 Inside, pitched ceilings, oversized fireplaces and stone floors give it a cozy, country feel. Dave Quinn,, "Ben Affleck Has Slashed the Price on His 87-Acre Private Georgia Island Compound to $7.6M," 16 Oct. 2019 Astros starter Gerrit Cole stewed in the dugout, seated stone-faced next to his manager. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Umpire Jeff Nelson's Game 3 exit causes unusual delay," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This ridiculous notion only held a semblance of truth or reality because one was stoned. Los Angeles Times, "Calendar letters to the editor: Young Latinx musicians are carrying on a tradition," 30 Aug. 2019 The tools look similar to stone artifacts that were made around that time in what is now Japan, according to the study's abstract. Fox News, "First American settlers may have been in Idaho 16,500 years ago, study says," 29 Aug. 2019 The pack dashed together along the cobble-stoned, barricaded street course., "Florence, Kentucky man gored in the thigh in Pamplona bull run," 7 July 2019 In the early months, Mutahwa says that he was beaten up and stoned. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Fighting Ebola is hard but in the Congo mistrust and fear is making it harder," 22 June 2019 As Kirk Cousins tossed to Dalvin Cook and booted to the offensive left, right guard Josh Kline pulled to the right and stoned Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley. Albert Breer,, "Mike Zimmer and the Vikings May Deserve More Hype This Season Than Last," 12 Sep. 2019 In the old days of sci-fi conventions and Bobby Sherman fan clubs, fandom was a subculture reserved for the very young or the very obsessed—or, in the case of the Grateful Dead, the very stoned. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Even had we not been stoned on LSD, this kind of talk, under the psychological conditions prevailing in Southern California that night, would have induced paranoia in the rest of us. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Manson Girl Who Got Away," 29 July 2019 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 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,, "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


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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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



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)



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

: totally or completely


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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)


stoned; stoning

Kids Definition of stone (Entry 2 of 4)

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



Kids Definition of stone (Entry 3 of 4)

: relating to or made of stone a stone wall



Kids Definition of stone (Entry 4 of 4)

: completely, totally The soup was stone- cold.


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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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