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From Old English stān, from Proto-Germanic *stainaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stai-. Cognate with Scots stane, Dutch steen, German Stein, Swedish sten, Danish sten, Norwegian stein and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek στῖον (stion), “‘pebble’”), Russian стена (stená), “‘wall’”).
Nounstone (countable and uncountable; plural stones except as shown below)
- (uncountable) A hard earthen substance that can form large rocks and boulders.
- A small piece of stone.
- A gemstone, a jewel, especially a diamond.
- (UK) (plural: stone) A unit of mass equal to 14 pounds. Used to measure the weights of people, animals, cheese, wool, etc. 1 stone ≈ 6.3503 kilograms
- 1882: Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen stones. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England Volume 4, p. 209.
- (botany) The central part of some fruits, particularly drupes; consisting of the seed and a hard endocarp layer.
- a peach stone
- (medicine) A hard, stone-like deposit.
- kidney stone
- (board games)A playing piece made of any hard material, used in various board games such as backgammon, and go.
- (color) A dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
- (curling) A 42-pound, precisely shaped piece of granite with a handle attached, which is bowled down the ice.
- (substance): rock
- (small piece of stone): pebble
- (hard stone-like deposit): calculus
- (curling piece): rock
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Third person singular
- (transitive) To pelt with stones, especially to kill by pelting with stones.
- (transitive) To remove a stone from (fruit etc.).
- (intransitive) To form a stone during growth, with reference to fruit etc.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To intoxicate, especially with narcotics. (Usually in passive)
Adjectivestone (not comparable)
- Constructed of stone.
- stone walls
- Having the appearance of stone.
- stone pot
- (color) Of a dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
- Complete, absolute, of the highest degree.
- stone free
Adverbstone (not comparable)
- As a stone (used with following adjective).
- My father is stone deaf. This soup is stone cold.
- (slang) Absolutely, completely (used with following adjective).
- I went stone crazy after she left.
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