stones, stoning, stoned
(The plural is usually stone in meaning 10.)
1) N-MASS Stone is a hard solid substance found in the ground and often used for building houses.

He could not tell whether the floor was wood or stone...

People often don't appreciate that marble is a natural stone.

...stone walls.

2) N-COUNT A stone is a small piece of rock that is found on the ground.

He removed a stone from his shoe...

The crowd began throwing stones.

3) N-COUNT A stone is a large piece of stone put somewhere in memory of a person or event, or as a religious symbol.

The monument consists of a circle of gigantic stones.

4) N-UNCOUNT: oft with brd-neg Stone is used in expressions such as set in stone and tablets of stone to suggest that an idea or rule is firm and fixed, and cannot be changed.

He is merely throwing the idea forward for discussion, it is not cast in stone...

Scientific opinions are not carved on tablets of stone; they change over the years.

5) N-COUNT You can refer to a jewel as a stone.

...a diamond ring with three stones.

6) N-COUNT: usu n N A stone is a small hard ball of minerals and other substances which sometimes forms in a person's kidneys or gall bladder.

He had kidney stones.

7) N-COUNT The stone in a plum, cherry, or other fruit is the large hard seed in the middle of it. [mainly BRIT]
(in AM, usually use pit)
8) VERB If you stone a fruit, you remove its stone. [mainly BRIT]

[V n] Then stone the fruit and process the plums to a puree.

(in AM, usually use pit)
9) VERB If people stone someone or something, they throw stones at them.

[V n] Youths burned cars and stoned police...

[V n] A post office was set on fire and vehicles were stoned by looters.

10) N-COUNT: usu num N A stone is a measurement of weight, especially the weight of a person, equal to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms. [BRIT]

I weighed around 16 stone.

12) PHRASE: PHR prep/adv If you say that one place is a stone's throw from another, you mean that the places are close to each other.

...a two-bedroom apartment just a stone's throw from the beach...

Just a stone's throw away is the City Art Gallery.

13) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that you will leave no stone unturned, you are emphasizing that you will try every way you can think of in order to achieve what you want.

He said he would leave no stone unturned in the search for peace.

14) kill two birds with one stonesee bird

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • 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 (R.) — STONE RICHARD (1913 1991) Économiste anglais né en 1913, Richard Stone a commencé sa carrière chez un courtier londonien, avant de rejoindre en 1940 les rangs du Bureau central des statistiques, à l’initiative de John Maynard Keynes. Ses… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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

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  • STONE (M. H.) — STONE MARSHALL HARVEY (1903 1989) Après ses études à l’université Harvard, Marshall Harvey Stone enseigna dans diverses universités: Columbia (1925 1927), Yale (1931 1933), Harvard (1927 1931, puis 1933 1946) et Chicago (depuis 1944). Il fut élu… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • STONE, I.F. — STONE, I.F. (Isidore Feinstein; 1907–1989), U.S. journalist, born in Philadelphia. Stone edited the liberal weekly The Nation, 1940–46. From 1952 until 1971 he published I.F. Stone s Weekly written by himself and noted for its criticism of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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