stone
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stān; akin to Old High German stein stone, Old Church Slavic stěna wall, and perhaps to Sanskrit styāyate it hardens — more at steato- Date: before 12th century 1. a concretion of earthy or mineral matter: a. (1) such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape (2) rock b. a piece of rock for a specified function: as (1) a building block (2) a paving block (3) a precious stone ; gem (4) gravestone (5) grindstone (6) whetstone (7) a surface upon which a drawing, text, or design to be lithographed is drawn or transferred 2. something resembling a small stone: as a. calculus 3a b. the hard central portion of a drupaceous fruit (as a peach) c. a hard stony seed (as of a date) 3. plural usually stone any of various units of weight; especially an official British unit equal to 14 pounds (6.3 kilograms) 4. a. curling stone b. a round playing piece used in various games (as backgammon or go) 5. a stand or table with a smooth flat top on which to impose or set type II. transitive verb (stoned; stoning) Date: 13th century 1. to hurl stones at; especially to kill by pelting with stones 2. archaic to make hard or insensitive to feeling 3. to face, pave, or fortify with stones 4. to remove the stones or seeds of (a fruit) 5. a. to rub, scour, or polish with a stone b. to sharpen with a whetstone • stoner noun III. adverb Date: 13th century entirely, utterly — used as an intensive; often used in combination <
stone-broke
>
<
stone-cold soup
>
<
stone-dead
>
IV. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or made of stone 2. absolute, utter <
pure stone craziness — Edwin Shrake
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Stone — Stone, n. [OE. ston, stan, AS. st[=a]n; akin to OS. & OFries. st[=e]n, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. ?, ?, a pebble. [root]167. Cf. {Steen}.] 1. Concreted earthy or mineral matter;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone — may refer to:Construction and building* Masonry, the building of structures from stone * Coade stone, a special form of vitreous stoneware, used for monumental work and architectural decoration * Standing stone, a solitary stone set vertically… …   Wikipedia

  • Stone — (englisch für Stein) steht für: Stone (Familienname), der Familienname Stone Stone (Band), eine finnische Thrash Metal Band Stone (Einheit), eine englische Masse Einheit Stone (Film), ein Thriller aus dem Jahr 2010 von John Curran Stone… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stone — ► NOUN 1) hard, solid non metallic mineral matter of which rock is made. 2) a small piece of stone found on the ground. 3) a piece of stone shaped for a purpose, especially to commemorate something or to mark out a boundary. 4) a gem. 5) a hard… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stone — Stone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stoning}.] [From {Stone}, n.: cf. AS. st?nan, Goth. stainjan.] 1. To pelt, beat, or kill with stones. [1913 Webster] And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stone — [stōn] n. [ME < OE stan, akin to Du steen, Ger stein < IE base * stāi , to become thick, compress, stiffen > L stiria, a drop (< stilla), Gr stear, tallow] 1. the hard, solid, nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is composed 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • stone — adverb. Combinations such as stone cold and stone dead, in which stone is used adverbially (‘like a stone’), have been recorded for centuries. More recently, stone has developed a freer adverbial use as a mere intensive equivalent to very or… …   Modern English usage

  • Stone — Stone, Nicholas * * * (as used in expressions) Stone, Edward Durell Stone, Harlan Fiske Stone, Lucy Stone, Oliver Stone, Robert (Anthony) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • stone- — [stōn] 〚/span> STONE, with the sense of “like, or as is, a stone”〛 combining form very, completely: used in hyphenated compounds [stone blind, stone broke] * * * …   Universalium

  • stone- — [stōn] [< STONE, with the sense of “like, or as is, a stone”] combining form very, completely: used in hyphenated compounds [stone blind, stone broke] …   English World dictionary

  • Stone — Très répandu en Grande Bretagne (forme génitive : Stones), désigne celui qui habite un lieu rocheux ou est originaire d une localité appelée Stone …   Noms de famille

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