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stone

 (stōn)
n.
1.
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.
adj.
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.
adv.
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.

[Middle English, from Old English stān; see stāi- in Indo-European roots.]

Stones

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(Biography) the. See Rolling Stones

Stones

See also gems; geology

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.
lapidification.
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

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.
References in classic literature ?
"Now come hither, Umslopogaas, place your hand upon the wall of the cave, just here; it is smooth, is it not?--smooth as the stones on which women grind their corn.
Gleaming and glistening in the subdued light of the chamber, lay a great tray full of brilliant stones. Tarzan, reverted to the primitive by his accident, had no conception of the fabulous value of his find.
They had power of command over other objects, could propel sticks and stones through the air, could even tie him a prisoner to a stick that rendered him helpless.
He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him.
wan light of the horned moon, The swift and silent lizard of the stones!
And when one observes that this mode of expression is not only the most conservative, but also the most simple, the most convenient, the most practicable for all; when one reflects that it does not drag after it bulky baggage, and does not set in motion a heavy apparatus; when one compares thought forced, in order to transform itself into an edifice, to put in motion four or five other arts and tons of gold, a whole mountain of stones, a whole forest of timber-work, a whole nation of workmen; when one compares it to the thought which becomes a book, and for which a little paper, a little ink, and a pen suffice,--how can one be surprised that human intelligence should have quitted architecture for printing?
Now if there is a buried city beneath all this jungle, this mountain of earth and stones, the accumulation of centuries, it is probably on the bottom of some vast cavern.
There had been a good deal of road-mending going on, and even where the stones were not freshly laid down there were a great many loose ones about.
The first and the mildest course is, by keeping the island hovering over such a town, and the lands about it, whereby he can deprive them of the benefit of the sun and the rain, and consequently afflict the inhabitants with dearth and diseases: and if the crime deserve it, they are at the same time pelted from above with great stones, against which they have no defence but by creeping into cellars or caves, while the roofs of their houses are beaten to pieces.
"What the devil brings Porthos to Belle-Isle, lifting stones?" said D'Artagnan; only D'Artagnan uttered that question in a low voice.
At the same period Barbicane laid the first sleepers of a railway fifteen miles in length, intended to unite Stones Hill with Tampa Town.
There are no inscriptions, no sculpture, no clue, by which to conjecture its history; nothing but the dumb stones. How many generations of the majestic trees which overshadow them have grown and flourished and decayed since first they were erected!