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A piece of soft sandstone used for scouring the wooden decks of a ship.
tr.v. ho·ly·stoned, ho·ly·ston·ing, ho·ly·stones
To scrub or scour with a piece of soft sandstone.
[Perhaps from a sailor's kneeling position while scouring with the stone.]
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(Nautical Terms) a soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of a vessel
(Nautical Terms) (tr) to scrub (a vessel's decks) with a holystone
[C19: perhaps so named from its being used in a kneeling position]
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n., v. -stoned, -ston•ing. n.
1. a block of soft sandstone used in scrubbing the decks of a ship.v.t.
2. to scrub with a holystone.
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Past participle: holystoned
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|Noun||1.||holystone - a soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of a ship|
sandstone - a sedimentary rock consisting of sand consolidated with some cement (clay or quartz etc.)
|Verb||1.||holystone - scrub with a holystone; "holystone the ship's deck"|
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