Meaning of STONE in English


— stonable, stoneable , adj. — stoneless , adj. — stonelessness , n. — stonelike , adj. — stoner , n.

/stohn/ , n. , pl. stones for 1-5, 7-19, stone for 6, adj., adv., v., stoned, stoning .


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.

5. See precious stone .

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. Bot. the hard endocarp of a drupe, as of a peach.

10. Pathol.

a. a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gallbladder, or urinary bladder.

b. a disease arising from such a concretion.

11. a gravestone or tombstone.

12. a grindstone.

13. a millstone.

14. a hailstone.

15. Building Trades. any of various artificial materials imitating cut stone or rubble.

16. Print. a table with a smooth surface, formerly made of stone, on which page forms are composed.

17. (in lithography) any surface on which an artist draws or etches a picture or design from which a lithograph is made.

18. a playing piece in the game of dominoes, checkers, or backgammon.

19. Usually, stones . testes.

20. cast the first stone , 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?

21. leave no stone unturned , 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.


22. made of or pertaining to stone.

23. made of stoneware: a stone mug or bottle.

24. stonelike; stony; obdurate: a stone killer; stone strength.


25. completely; totally (usually used in combination): stone cold.


26. to throw stones at; drive by pelting with stones.

27. to put to death by pelting with stones.

28. to provide, fit, pave, line, face or fortify with stones.

29. to rub (something) with or on a stone, as to sharpen, polish, or smooth.

30. to remove stones from, as fruit.

31. Obs. to make insensitive or unfeeling.

[ bef. 900; (n.) ME stan, sto ( o ) n , OE stan; c. D steen, G Stein, ON steinn, Goth stains; akin to Gk stía pebble, L stiria icicle; (v.) ME stanen, stonen, deriv. of the n.; (adj. and adv.) ME, deriv. of the n. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .