AskDefine | Define stone

Dictionary Definition

stone adj : of any of various dull tannish-gray colors


1 a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter; "he threw a rock at me" [syn: rock]
2 material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust; "that mountain is solid rock"; "stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries" [syn: rock]
3 building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
4 a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry; "he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; "she had jewels made of all the rarest stones" [syn: gem, gemstone]
5 the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed; "you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking" [syn: pit, endocarp]
6 an avoirdupois unit used to measure the weight of a human body; equal to 14 pounds; "a heavy chap who must have weighed more than twenty stone"
7 United States filmmaker (born in 1946) [syn: Oliver Stone]
8 United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893) [syn: Lucy Stone]
9 United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989) [syn: I. F. Stone, Isidor Feinstein Stone]
10 United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as Chief Justice (1872-1946) [syn: Harlan Fiske Stone]
11 United States architect (1902-1978) [syn: Edward Durell Stone]
12 a lack of feeling or expression or movement; "he must have a heart of stone"; "her face was as hard as stone"


1 kill by throwing stones at; "Adulterers should be stoned according to the Koran" [syn: lapidate]
2 remove the pits from; "pit plums and cherries" [syn: pit]

User Contributed Dictionary



stan, from |*stainaz, from |*stai-. Cognate with Scots stane, Dutch steen, German Stein, Swedish and Danish sten, Norwegian stein and (from Indo-European) with Greek στῖον ("pebble"), Russian стена ("wall").



  1. A hard earthen substance that can form large rocks and boulders.
  2. A small piece of stone.
  3. A gemstone, a jewel, especially a diamond.
  4. (plural: stone) A unit of mass equal to 14 pounds. Used to measure the weights of people, animals, cheese, wool, etc.
    • 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.
  5. The central part of some fruits, particularly drupes; consisting of the seed and a hard endocarp layer.
    a peach stone
  6. A hard, stone-like deposit.
    kidney stone
  7. A playing piece made of any hard material, used in various board games such as backgammon, and go.
  8. A dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
    stone colour:   
  9. A 42-pound, precisely shaped piece of granite with a handle attached, which is bowled down the ice.



small piece of stone
gem stone
unit of mass
  • Russian: стоун
centre of some fruits
  • Arabic: (nawā)
  • Czech: pecka
  • Finnish: kivi
  • French: noyau
  • Icelandic: steinn
  • Polish: pestka
  • Russian: косточка
  • Slovak: kôstka
  • Spanish: hueso
medical: hard, stone-like deposit
  • Breton: maen-gravell , mein-gravell p
  • Bulgarian: камък
  • Chinese: (shí)
  • Czech: kámen
  • Dutch: steen
  • Estonian: kivi
  • Finnish: kivi
  • French: calcul
  • German: Stein
  • Italian: calcolo
  • Japanese: 石, 結石
  • Korean: 결석 (結石, gyeolseok)
  • Kurdish: kevir, ber, berd, kuç
  • Polish: kamień
  • Portuguese: pedra
  • Russian: камень
  • Slovene: kamen
  • Spanish: cálculo
  • Swedish: sten
piece of hard material used in board games
  • Czech: kámen
  • Dutch: stuk, pion
  • Finnish: nappula
  • German: Stein
  • Kurdish: berik, kabik
  • Russian: камень
  • Slovak: kameň
  • Swedish: pjäs
curling stone
  • Finnish: kivi


  1. To pelt with stones, especially to kill by pelting with stones.
  2. To remove a stone from (fruit etc.).
  3. To form a stone during growth, with reference to fruit etc.
  4. In the context of "transitive|slang": To intoxicate, especially with narcotics. (Usually in passive)


kill by pelting with stones
remove stone from
form a stone during growth
  • Finnish: kovettua
intoxicate, especially with narcotics


  1. Constructed of stone.
    stone walls
  2. Having the appearance of stone.
    stone pot
  3. Of a dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
  4. Complete, absolute, of the highest degree.
    stone free


constructed of stone
having the appearance of stone


  1. As a stone (used with following adjective).
    My father is stone deaf. This soup is stone cold.
  2. Absolutely, completely (used with following adjective).
    I went stone crazy after she left.


absolutely, completely
  • Finnish: täysin


Extensive Definition

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 into the ground
seealso list of stone, the types of stone used in building, sculpture, and masonry work


  • Rock (geology), is a formation of minerals that creates a hard stone.
  • Marble, a metamorphic rock resulting from the metamorphism of limestone.

In print and literature

In media

In music

Other uses

stone in Bosnian: Kamen
stone in Danish: Sten
stone in German: Stein
stone in Persian: سنگ
stone in French: Pierre
stone in Italian: Stone
stone in Hebrew: אבן
stone in Latin: Lapis
stone in Dutch: Steen
stone in Japanese: 石
stone in Kurdish: Kevir
stone in Norwegian Nynorsk: Stein
stone in Polish: Kamień
stone in Russian: Камень
stone in Simple English: Stone
stone in Slovenian: Kamen
stone in Tajik: Санг
stone in Ukrainian: Каміння
stone in Samogitian: Kūlis

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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