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a. Concreted earthy or mineral matter; rock.
b. Such concreted matter of a particular type. Often used in combination: sandstone; soapstone.
2. A small piece of rock.
3. Rock or a piece of rock shaped or finished for a particular purpose, especially:
a. A piece of rock that is used in construction: a coping stone; a paving stone.
b. A gravestone or tombstone.
c. A grindstone, millstone, or whetstone.
d. A milestone or boundary.
4. A gem or precious stone.
5. Something, such as a hailstone, resembling a stone in shape or hardness.
6. Botany The hard covering enclosing the seed in certain fruits, such as the cherry, plum, or peach.
7. Medicine A mineral concretion in an organ, such as the kidney or gallbladder, or other body part; a calculus.
8. pl. stone Abbr. st. A unit of weight in Great Britain, 14 pounds (6.4 kilograms).
9. Printing A table with a smooth surface on which page forms are composed.
1. Relating to or made of stone: a stone wall.
2. Made of stoneware or earthenware.
3. Complete; utter. Often used in combination: a stone liar; stone-deaf.
Completely; utterly: stone cold; standing stone still.
tr.v. stoned, ston·ing, stones
1. To hurl or throw stones at, especially to kill with stones.
2. To remove the stones or pits from.
3. To furnish, fit, pave, or line with stones.
4. To rub on or with a stone in order to polish or sharpen.
5. Sports To block a shot taken by (an opponent). Used of a goalie.
6. Obsolete To make hard or indifferent.
(Biography) the. See Rolling Stones
a construction consisting of two or more upright stones with a third on top, regarded by archaeologists as an ancient tomb or monument.
a stone tool, as one used in the early Stone Age. — eolithic, adj.
the process of turning to stone. Also called petrifaction, petrification.
the worship of rocks and stones. — lithoidolater, n. — lithoidolatrous, adj.
a form of divination involving rocks or stones.
a tool made of stone, usually about 12 inches long.
a stone of great size, as found in the monuments and constructions of ancient, particularly prehistoric, peoples. — megalithic, adj.
an upright, monumental stone, as a cromlech, standing by itself or in a group or circle with others.
a single large block of stone used in architecture or sculpture. — monolithic, adj.
a stone artifact from the Neolithic (Stone) Age.
a stonelike concretion in the inner ear of some vertebrates, as the whale.
a form of divination involving pebbles. Also called psephology.
the study of drawings or carvings made on rocks by a member of a prehistoric or primitive people. Also called petrography. — petroglyph, n. — petroglyphic, adj.
the quality or condition of being sandy or gritty, as a stone. — sab-ulous, adj.
Stones, also called calculi, formed from substances that have precipitated out of urine. They can occur in the kidneys, ureters, or bladder and may require surgery.