stone: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (stōn), [key]
— n., pl. adj., adv., v., stones stone stoned, ston•ing.
  1. the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
  2. a rock or particular piece or kind of rock, as a boulder or piece of agate.
  3. a piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for a particular purpose: paving stone; building stone.
  4. a small piece of rock, as a pebble.
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  6. one of various units of weight, esp. the British unit equivalent to 14 pounds (6.4 kg).
  7. something resembling a small piece of rock in size, shape, or hardness.
  8. any small, hard seed, as of a date; pit.
  9. the hard endocarp of a drupe, as of a peach.
    1. a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gallbladder, or urinary bladder.
    2. a disease arising from such a concretion.
  10. a gravestone or tombstone.
  11. a grindstone.
  12. a millstone.
  13. a hailstone.
  14. any of various artificial materials imitating cut stone or rubble.
  15. a table with a smooth surface, formerly made of stone, on which page forms are composed.
  16. (in lithography) any surface on which an artist draws or etches a picture or design from which a lithograph is made.
  17. a playing piece in the game of dominoes, checkers, or backgammon.
  18. Usually,testes.
  19. to be the first to condemn or blame a wrongdoer; be hasty in one's judgment: What right has she to cast the first stone?
  20. to exhaust every possibility in attempting to achieve one's goal; spare no effort: We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find the culprit.
  1. made of or pertaining to stone.
  2. made of stoneware: a stone mug or bottle.
  3. stonelike; stony; obdurate: a stone killer; stone strength.
  1. completely; totally (usually used in combination): stone cold.
  1. to throw stones at; drive by pelting with stones.
  2. to put to death by pelting with stones.
  3. to provide, fit, pave, line, face or fortify with stones.
  4. to rub (something) with or on a stone, as to sharpen, polish, or smooth.
  5. to remove stones from, as fruit.
  6. to make insensitive or unfeeling.


Pronunciation: (stōn), [key]
— n.
  1. 1902–78, U.S. architect.
  2. 1872–1946, U.S. jurist: Chief Justice of the U.S. 1941–46.
  3. born 1903, U.S. author.
  4. born 1907, U.S. political journalist.
  5. 1818–93, U.S. suffragist (wife of Henry Brown Blackwell).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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