Definition of


  1. (noun, object) a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter
  2. (noun, artifact) building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose
  3. (noun, substance) material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust
    stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries
  4. (noun, substance) a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry
    she had jewels made of all the rarest stones
  5. (noun, quantity) an avoirdupois unit used to measure the weight of a human body; equal to 14 pounds
  6. (noun, plant) the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
  7. (noun, person) United States jurist who was named chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1872-1946)
  8. (noun, person) United States filmmaker (born in 1946)
  9. (noun, person) United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893)
  10. (noun, person) United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989)
  11. (noun, person) United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as chief justice (1872-1946)
  12. (noun, person) United States architect (1902-1978)
  13. (noun, attribute) a lack of feeling or expression or movement
    her face was as hard as stone
  14. (verb, contact) kill by throwing stones at
  15. (verb, change) remove the pits from
  16. (adj, all) of any of various dull tannish or grey colors

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Stone

  1. O.E. stan, used of common rocks, precious gems, concretions in the body, memorial stones, from P.Gmc. *stainaz (cf. O.N. steinn, Dan. steen, O.H.G., Ger. stein, Goth. stains), from PIE *stai- "stone," also "to thicken, stiffen" (cf. Skt. styayate "curdles, becomes hard;" Avestan stay- "heap;" Gk. stear "fat, … more
  2. intensifying adj., 1935, first recorded in black slang, probably from earlier use in phrases like stone blind (late 14c., lit. "blind as a stone"), stone deaf, etc., from stone (n.). Stone cold sober dates from 1937. more
  3. c.1200, "to pelt with stones," from stone (n.). Stoned "drunk, intoxicated with narcotics" is 1930s slang; stoner "stuporous person" is from 1960s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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