Meaning of STONE in English

STONE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a brick/stone/wooden building

The farmhouse is a long stone building about a century old.

a heart of stone (= a very cruel character )

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sorry for them.

a marble/stone/bronze etc statue

a magnificent marble statue of Frederick the Great

a Rolling Stones/Kylie Minogue etc fan

Mike has been a lifelong Kylie Minogue fan.

a stone cottage

The village is full of old stone cottages with thatched roofs.

a stone/marble/bronze etc sculpture (= made of stone, marble etc )

Opposite the chapel is a bronze sculpture of Cardinal Schwarzenberg.

a stone/wooden/iron bridge

The iron bridge was built in 1811.

foundation stone

Greek and Latin were once viewed as the foundation stones of a good education.

loose stones

His rear wheel spun on the loose stones .

paving stone

philosopher's stone

precious stone

Stone Age

Stone Age weapons

stone circle

stone dead

The wrong music can kill a commercial stone dead.

stone deaf informal (= completely deaf )

She must be stone deaf if she didn’t hear all that noise!

stone deaf

stone/brick/concrete wall

The estate is surrounded by high stone walls.

the Stone Age (= the very early time in human history, when only stone was used for making tools, weapons etc )

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

cold

But my spine seemed to turn to cold stone when I saw two other groups converging on the scene of combat.

Placing one hand on the cold stone wall for guidance, she plunged forward.

He knew the feel of every cold stone step on the wide staircase leading down to the main hall.

Dark cold stone loomed over him on both sides, blinding him.

The cold stone whispered to her.

I started up the cold stone steps to the gallery.

He seemed to be as much part of it as the cold stone floor he was standing on.

He was as cold as the stone she sat on, she thought forlornly.

dry

From a dry stone wall inland, redstarts darted, like orange flames, tail feathers fanned and quivering.

A dry stone conduit underlies the road here; a roadside marker is a metal keystone rusted blank.

More thick dry stone arches connect the two ruins and lead the eye into a singular landscape.

Away in the distance, beyond the foin, the land became fertile and fields began, enclosed by dry stone walls.

great

We went to the back, to the great stone pond, to see what had happened to the fish.

He stood with the others on the great stone pier.

Like a great black stone slapped down upon the great wei chi board of Chung Kuo.

It is true we no longer live in the cultures that produced the great temples or stone circles or earthworks.

In the middle of the flat ground stood two great stones .

They set the urn in a hollow grave and piled great stones over it.

The moon was shining brightly on the great stones , and between them, on the flat ground, lay the girl.

But behind the great stone structures, the land swells and softens in the sands of the Sahara.

grey

Behind a grey stone wall lay a little pool.

She paused for breath and found her hand on the grey standing stone .

Nicholson looked up at the grey stone building.

Her eyes were also grey like stones through clear water.

Somewhere in the middle lay the depression of grey stone houses.

I found an round grey stone , striped with white, but Dad said it was too small.

Opposite, the fields of the abbey stretched to its grey stone walls.

A large grey stone mansion, surrounded by rhododendrons.

huge

The most ancient burial chambers consisted of huge stone slabs forming a chamber with entrances through which further corpses might be introduced.

Some women ground corn or wheat on huge round stones .

Everything was grey, hard and wild. Huge rough stones stood on the hard ground.

One huge stone still stands at Lochmaben: seven feet-ten inches high, weighing about ten tons.

It came from one of the huge stone jars in the herbalist's shop near the bottom of Manchester Road.

The bear became extremely angry with the fly, and eventually seized a huge stone and succeeded in killing it.

There was the same huge stone behind.

The wind, playing on the huge stones , produced a strange tune, like the notes of a great harp.

large

It too was replaced by a larger stone station, part of which still stands beside the modern structure which succeeded it.

The largest Jilin stone weighed in at well over one thousand kilograms.

From the heart of a large flat pebble-shaped stone he has revealed two fishes in brilliant, iridescent blues.

The surgeons of our corps selected for a hospital a large massive stone building....

There was one large stone farmhouse, outside which a small dark-haired girl was playing with some kittens by an empty farm-cart.

However, if the small stones were put in first, it was impossible to add the large stones.

So letters were left under large stones , wedged firmly in flowerpots or slipped under the door.

On her fingers are three rings bearing large stones .

loose

Boldly he kicked loose stones off the ledges and heard them clatter into the silence below.

Then they were driving over rough ground, loose stones popping under the tyres.

There aren't any loose stones .

My brain feels like a loose stone in a dried leather pouch.

I've been trying to find loose stones again.

He moved lightly over the rough ground, dodging round bushes, avoiding every loose stone and broken twig.

There is only one tall stone standing now and no white cross on the cairn-like mound of loose stones.

Another mechanical argument against Copernicus concerns loose objects such as stones , philosophers, etc. resting on the surface of the earth.

old

The old stones reeked of damp.

Koju drove implacably on until we reached our destination Baabara, a cluster of old stone bungalows.

All old stone paving slabs deserve retention, as do granite kerbs.

On one side was the museum, a marvelous Romanesque Revival creation in an old reddish stone .

It's only an old stone .

The old stone pillars were shaking as if they were being brought back to life.

When she was twenty-eight, she came home to teach a few young women in an old stone store.

precious

Her designs are classical and very delicate, mainly in 18-carat gold jewellery and set with precious stones and pearls.

Metaphorical bloodstains drench these precious stones , however, which makes a visit to the exhibition both eerie and wearisome.

The dazzling inlay of precious stones was long ago picked out with daggers.

He showed her the fruits he had gathered in the garden, and they had turned to precious stones .

Before him lay precious stones of such size, variety and colour that would have made anyone who was not royal gasp.

Diamonds and other highly precious stones varied too greatly in individual quality and worth for use as currency.

Occasionally, precious stones and crystals are used for carving small idols.

small

Past more small , stone houses.

Nestled nearby each platform were rings filled with small stones .

A bonfire blazed inside a small circle of stones .

Little boys threw small stones at the bigger ones.

Down the middle is a path of small stones .

However, if the small stones were put in first, it was impossible to add the large stones.

Gullies often become blocked by dead leaves and small stones which fall through the grating.

The first thing I saw when my eyes blinked into focus was an ant marching over a small stone .

white

It was an old-fashioned kind of garden - beds of roses edged with white stones , and a high, mossy wall.

Then a white stone which had glittery lumps on it, but that wasn't smooth enough.

A single white wei chi stone .

We all sat in the courtyard at the front of his white stone house.

Only a few blocks of white stone lay scattered on the ground in front of the Buddhas' huge niches.

It was a stone house - white stone - with four rooms upstairs and four rooms downstairs.

■ NOUN

building

The method of construction is different from that of Romanesque stone building .

Nicholson looked up at the grey stone building .

Beneath the present stone building were found traces of three earlier structures, all of timber, and all interpreted as churches.

It was a four-storey stone building with one apartment on each floor.

Osaka's decline is evident in the local prefectural office, a grand stone building with grimy linoleum floor coverings.

Thus the earliest civilian activity belongs to the third century with the main stone buildings dated to the fourth.

It is a stone building with a big low-pitched and stone-flagged roof, and its power is provided by two overshot waterwheels.

Even though they lived inside stone buildings , they furnished them like tents.

circle

I imagined solemn covens chanting, straggling torchlight processions winding up to mountain tops, stone circles , sacred trees and springs.

It is true we no longer live in the cultures that produced the great temples or stone circles or earthworks.

But even if we do accept the larger stone circles as computers, this does not really explain why people made them.

Under sheltering trees stand three cairns and stone circles , worn yet awesomely dignified after more than 5,000 years.

In the Neolithic, or New Stone Age, we find the beginning of temples, stone circles , and monumental earthworks.

This Land of Our Fathers comes complete with Celtic stone circle , ancient swamps and iron-age huts.

In the west of Ireland a small roadside shrine to the Virgin Mary stands almost alongside an equally modest stone circle .

floor

Oh, two rugs on the stone floor were smouldering but the fire was contained.

The kitchen was like a big utility room with a huge sink, a stone floor , and a large wooden table.

There is a sudden scuffle as one of the dancers collapses, delirious on to the stone floor .

Biko died on the stone floor of his cell the next day of severe head trauma and brain damage.

He is afraid of falling and of the stone floor under him.

He had a little hut with a stone floor , and a supply of handles and twigs.

There was a large kitchen with a stone floor , but there was no fire, and the room was cold.

At one end is the raised stone floor which at one time must have been a sleeping area.

foundation

The foundation stone of the 519 feet structure was laid in 1891 and the complex opened at Whitsuntide 1894.

Mr Knospe laid the foundation stone and drank his share of champagne at a party in his honor.

He laid the foundation stone of the new greenhouse and later gave 150 guineas for its repair.

Secondly, and most important, it would lay the foundation stones of the series from which the myth could be built.

For over a century the accountancy profession has built its reputation on three foundation stones: objectivity, integrity and competence.

The foundation stone was laid on 27 July 1848 by the Duke of Cambridge.

Many believed that this means it is the foundation stone of the earliest basilica.

gall

Many studies suggest that sludge formation is a marker of gall stone formation.

The reason for the greater total lipid concentration in cholesterol gall stone patients is not clear at present.

Paired hepatic and gall bladder bile samples were collected from 10 patients with cholesterol gall stones and six patients without gall stones.

When it was designed, oral cholecystectography was the method of choice for the diagnosis of gall stones .

As yet, there is no information about nucleation times measured in this way in patients with complete gall stone dissolution.

These findings suggest that factors, in addition to biliary cholesterol saturation, are responsible for the formation of cholesterol gall stones .

No gall stones , gall bladder wall thickening, or other pathology were identified in any subject.

The aetiology of cholesterol gall stones has not been completely elucidated.

house

Set above a handsome forecourt, the stone house has four well-spaced bays, mullioned windows, parapets and gables.

Inside the restored stone house , an altar crowned by a statue of Mary drew the devout and the curious.

Past more small, stone houses .

On the far side of a tan cut cornfield a whitewashed stone house sends up smoke.

The stone houses and tenements which replaced them, however, often continued to sport timber galleries above the street.

We all sat in the courtyard at the front of his white stone house .

Somewhere in the middle lay the depression of grey stone houses .

The two-bedroom rented stone house had been a perfect companion: quiet, comfortable and cozy.

kidney

BFoy struggled through a relapse, hospitalized for kidney stones , a side effect of his drug regimen.

They did know that despite those high amounts, they could, with careful management, prevent kidney stones .

Women get kidney stones most often during that same age period as a result of an infection that occurs with pregnancy.

Frequently, hypercalciuria and kidney stones are the presenting complaint.

The news about calcium and kidney stones is a case in point.

Those who got the most calcium from their diets were at lower risk for kidney stones .

Treatment Progress Since 1980, treatment for serious kidney stones has moved from huge incisions, to punctures, to non-invasive techniques.

If you go back to the earliest burial grounds, you will find kidney stones and gall stones.

paving

As they do so they step on a large paving stone , one which differs from its fellow stones by being black.

Back alleys and building sites, a concrete subway dripping cold, paving stones lurching in sand and black water.

Rhizoids of jungle creep between the paving stones .

He sounded as enthusiastic as I might have been if talking about paving stones in Manchester.

He waited for a moment while Mr Hellyer removed another paving stone and added it to the growing pile in the hedge.

But good intentions make notoriously treacherous paving stones .

He started walking again, treading carefully on the cracks between the paving stones .

wall

It lies against a stone wall , shielded by birch and fur, overlooking a garden of remembrance, containing more memorials.

It does not respect stone walls .

Arkhina had moved calmly into the shelter of the high stone wall .

The line at the stone wall gives way!

Opposite, the fields of the abbey stretched to its grey stone walls .

All have a kitchen with smoke-blackened stone walls and a rough and ready loo hut.

A stile over a stone wall led into a field whose furthest wall consisted of the grey squat towers of the castle.

We could see grassy tracks winding through the fields between stone walls and hedges of prickly pear.

■ VERB

build

Scott's building was formerly the Midland Grand Hotel, and is built of brick with stone dressings.

Further along the gravel road we encountered two old men outside a farmhouse built of stone .

Unlike its neighbours which were built of local stone , the vicarage had been encased in grey stucco early in its life.

I live in a crumbling cathedral, a beaux-arts building festooned with curling stone and stained glass.

It is built of stone , and there is a little cupola with Gothic trimmings on the top.

But the bottom of the building is stone with glass openings and the metalwork holding it.

Phil Physioc, his brother, father and sons built a little stone summer cabin upon it by hand.

carve

The men were then seconded to Britain to assemble the intricately carved blocks of stone that make up the temple building.

A view, in other words, unsullied by buildings with the names of individuals carved in stone on their facades.

Now most of the monasteries have carved stairways into the stone or erected bridges to usher outsiders into their world.

In general, male stones are employed for making major icons of Gods while the pedestal is carved out of female stones.

The Colonel did drive me to Jaisalmer, a city of carved golden stone set at the edge of the Thar.

They are not carved on tablets of stone .

He neither moved nor made a sound, like a figure carved of stone .

cast

His killer had rifled his wallet before casting the stone into the stream.

Rather, remain calm, let Mailer be Mailer, refrain from casting stones and you will be rewarded.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone , I may be hearing you say.

A time to gather stones together, a time to cast away stones.

lay

There he lay , in knightly stone effigy, with a row of eight knights in stone cartoon-strip below him.

Mr Knospe laid the foundation stone and drank his share of champagne at a party in his honor.

Mr Gladstone laid the foundation stone .

Before him lay precious stones of such size, variety and colour that would have made anyone who was not royal gasp.

Together he and Eleanor laid foundation stones for the monastery of St Augustine in Limoges in 1171.

He laid the foundation stone of the new greenhouse and later gave 150 guineas for its repair.

Good workmen they must have been, to lay stones , so scarred by time and events, and still so true.

Secondly, and most important, it would lay the foundation stones of the series from which the myth could be built.

lose

She had lost three stones in four months and had extremely slim hips and thighs to prove it.

But he could only side-slice the tortoise-shell, and he lost two stones to Alistair before he had another go at it.

Jones is in a Merseyside clinic after losing a stone and a half in weight over the last seven days.

He has lost I stone and he is 73.

She lost three stone on the low fat diet and reduced from a size 16 to a size 8!

Three months later I am fitter and have lost two stone .

Since embarking on the diet Barbara has lost over a stone and her inch loss is quite remarkable.

I have just started my first ever diet in a bid to lose about half a stone .

throw

Usually he lingered by the stream to throw in stones , but today he didn't stop.

Partygoers rocked a bus and threw stones and bottles at police officers and patrol cars.

Others began jeering and eventually threw bottles and stones .

Little boys threw small stones at the bigger ones.

Some of the people ran away when they saw me, but the others shouted and threw stones at me.

Crowds of angry, panicky depositors threw stones at government buildings and police.

He was quite near Philip now and was climbing up the bank towards the spot where Philip had thrown the stone .

The boys would throw stones or snowballs with rocks in them.

turn

But my spine seemed to turn to cold stone when I saw two other groups converging on the scene of combat.

One day, Shawn turned over a stone , and oh the excitement of discovering a new world!

It will only turn her to stone , I promise you.

Soon he wanted to turn over every stone and log in the forest.

The setting sun had turned the pale stone walls to gold.

He showed her the fruits he had gathered in the garden, and they had turned to precious stones .

It uses them to turn over stones when it is looking for food.

Guy turned to consider the stone hall.

weigh

And Bannister, who weighs 22 stone and has size 17 feet, could be Cadle's secret weapon.

I weighed eleven stone when I was in the Line: before I came out with that I weighed five stone ten.

But the big two, weighing 35 stones between them, reckon he's got no chance.

I weighed eleven stone when I was in the Line: before I came out with that I weighed five stone ten.

The lifeguard, who weighs fifteen stone and does not shave beneath her arms, yells at me to stop.

A Prague newspaper said yesterday that he weighed 36 stone .

The bad news is he weighs just under 30 stone at press time, down fourteen stone from his previous weight.

Suitcases that had once been quite light now felt as if they were weighed down with stones .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a hail of bullets/stones etc

At 8am police officers, accompanying prison staff, tried to enter the centre but were met by a hail of stones.

Sandra Mitchley, 35, died immediately in a hail of bullets.

The man got within twenty yards of the tape before a hail of bullets finally brought him down.

The mere appearance of a uniform is often enough to provoke a hail of stones, even a riot.

They knew they had entered small-arms range when a hail of bullets crippled the steering.

Three West Belfast men died in a hail of bullets.

a rolling stone gathers no moss

be faced with stone/concrete etc

It is faced with stone on the outside and red marble inside.

be written/set/cast in tablets of stone

kill sth stone dead

Indeed, as expectations can kill the magic stone dead, such occasions are often evoked by going somewhere completely new.

kill two birds with one stone

Deedee killed two birds with one stone, both shopping and looking for a shop of her own to rent.

Adding five examples to the chapters that at present lack them would kill two birds with one stone.

By promoting these new investors, Mr Alphandéry could kill two birds with one stone.

In trying to play matchmaker and kill two birds with one stone, I nearly annihilated three.

Lleland was obviously out to kill two birds with one stone.

Thorpey said it'd kill two birds with one stone.

Well, now we can kill two birds with one stone.

like getting blood out of a stone

people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

skim stones/pebbles etc

Small boys skim stones across the surface of the river.

skip rocks/stones

stepping stones

the Stone Age

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a stone wall

Kids were throwing stones into the water.

Messina is a city built of stone .

The gold ring was set with four precious stones.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And he insists that the museum trustees acted without authority when they gave the stones away.

Bernice knelt at the wall, pressing her ear against the stone .

Does he believe that one can get blood out of a stone ?

He is afraid of falling and of the stone floor under him.

It is not difficult to construct your own labyrinth, either in stones or cut into your lawn.

The Oxford sequences were shot in Edinburgh and the uncompromising stone facades of that city become darker and darker.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

death

Then, one by one, they were stoned to death .

I remember hearing stories in my childhood about how women like that were stoned to death in the old country.

The beheading of murderers, the flogging and stoning to death of adulterers, the circumcision of women?

Not even homophobes would today sanction the stoning to death of homosexuals.

Had the court believed her, the men could have been convicted of adultery and stoned to death .

They might approve of, and practice, ostracizing homosexuals from society, but stoning them to death ?

The girl was to be guarded until she delivered, at which time she was to be stoned to death .

TheJewish council stoned Stephen to death after he denounced them.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a hail of bullets/stones etc

At 8am police officers, accompanying prison staff, tried to enter the centre but were met by a hail of stones.

Sandra Mitchley, 35, died immediately in a hail of bullets.

The man got within twenty yards of the tape before a hail of bullets finally brought him down.

The mere appearance of a uniform is often enough to provoke a hail of stones, even a riot.

They knew they had entered small-arms range when a hail of bullets crippled the steering.

Three West Belfast men died in a hail of bullets.

be written/set/cast in tablets of stone

kill sth stone dead

Indeed, as expectations can kill the magic stone dead, such occasions are often evoked by going somewhere completely new.

like getting blood out of a stone

people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

stepping stones

the Stone Age

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

During the riot the mob started stoning the British embassy.

The thieves were caught and sentenced to be stoned to death.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I remember hearing stories in my childhood about how women like that were stoned to death in the old country.

Late last year five women wearing T-shirts were stoned in Dili's central market for dressing inappropriately and talking on mobile phones.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.