stone

[[t]sto͟ʊn[/t]]
♦♦
stones, stoning, stoned
(The plural is usually stone in meaning 10.)
1) N-MASS Stone is a hard solid substance found in the ground and often used for building houses.

He could not tell whether the floor was wood or stone...

People often don't appreciate that marble is a natural stone.

...stone walls.

2) N-COUNT A stone is a small piece of rock that is found on the ground.

He removed a stone from his shoe...

The crowd began throwing stones.

3) N-COUNT A stone is a large piece of stone put somewhere in memory of a person or event, or as a religious symbol.

The monument consists of a circle of gigantic stones.

4) N-UNCOUNT: oft with brd-neg Stone is used in expressions such as set in stone and tablets of stone to suggest that an idea or rule is firm and fixed, and cannot be changed.

He is merely throwing the idea forward for discussion, it is not cast in stone...

Scientific opinions are not carved on tablets of stone; they change over the years.

5) N-COUNT You can refer to a jewel as a stone.

...a diamond ring with three stones.

6) N-COUNT: usu n N A stone is a small hard ball of minerals and other substances which sometimes forms in a person's kidneys or gall bladder.

He had kidney stones.

7) N-COUNT The stone in a plum, cherry, or other fruit is the large hard seed in the middle of it. [mainly BRIT]
(in AM, usually use pit)
8) VERB If you stone a fruit, you remove its stone. [mainly BRIT]

[V n] Then stone the fruit and process the plums to a puree.

(in AM, usually use pit)
9) VERB If people stone someone or something, they throw stones at them.

[V n] Youths burned cars and stoned police...

[V n] A post office was set on fire and vehicles were stoned by looters.

10) N-COUNT: usu num N A stone is a measurement of weight, especially the weight of a person, equal to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms. [BRIT]

I weighed around 16 stone.

12) PHRASE: PHR prep/adv If you say that one place is a stone's throw from another, you mean that the places are close to each other.

...a two-bedroom apartment just a stone's throw from the beach...

Just a stone's throw away is the City Art Gallery.

13) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that you will leave no stone unturned, you are emphasizing that you will try every way you can think of in order to achieve what you want.

He said he would leave no stone unturned in the search for peace.

14) kill two birds with one stonesee bird

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stone — Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral matter;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone — may refer to:Construction and building* Masonry, the building of structures from stone * Coade stone, a special form of vitreous stoneware, used for monumental work and architectural decoration * Standing stone, a solitary stone set vertically… …   Wikipedia

  • Stone — (englisch für Stein) steht für: Stone (Familienname), der Familienname Stone Stone (Band), eine finnische Thrash Metal Band Stone (Einheit), eine englische Masse Einheit Stone (Film), ein Thriller aus dem Jahr 2010 von John Curran Stone… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stone — Stone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stoning}.] [From {Stone}, n.: cf. AS. st?nan, Goth. stainjan.] 1. To pelt, beat, or kill with stones. [1913 Webster] And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stone — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stān; akin to Old High German stein stone, Old Church Slavic stěna wall, and perhaps to Sanskrit styāyate it hardens more at steato Date: before 12th century 1. a concretion of earthy or mineral …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Stone — I. biographical name Harlan Fiske 1872 1946 American jurist; chief justice United States Supreme Court (1941 46) II. biographical name Irving 1903 1989 originally surname Tennenbaum American writer III. biographical name Lucy 1818 1893 American… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Stone age — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone bass — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone biter — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone boiling — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone borer — Stone Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.