- noun a very hard material, found in the earth, used for building
- noun a small piece of stone
- noun a British measure of weight equal to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms
- noun a mineral formation
- noun a single small piece of rock
- noun a hard endocarp that surrounds a seed in a fruit such as a cherry
- Individual blocks of rock processed by shaping, cutting, or sizing. For use in masonry work.
- Fragments of rock excavated, usually by blasting, from natural deposits and further processed by recrushing and sizing. For use as aggregate.
- A carborundum or other natural or artificial hone used to sharpen cutting edges of tools.
- The hard central seed of fruits such as cherry, peach, mango, plum, olive, etc., usually with a hard woody shell enclosing a soft kernel.
- noun a very smooth flat table used for arranging printing type
- verb to throw stones at a person or vehicle
- noun a flat surface, usually metal, on which the pages of metal type are made up into formes
- noun a hard mineral surface formerly used in lithography
- noun the hard solid nonmetallic substance that rocks are made of, widely used as a building material
- noun a piece of rock that has been shaped for a particular purpose, e.g. a paving stone
- noun the drug crack. A synonym, recorded in 2002, of the earlier rock.
- noun the shaped and polished mass of granite or iron that is slid along the ice in the game of curling
- noun a measure of weight equalling 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms
Origin & History of “stone”
Stone is a general Germanic word, with relatives in German stein, Dutch steen, and Swedish and Danish sten. these all go back to a prehistoric *stainaz, which was derived from a base denoting ‘stiffness’ or ‘solidity’ (source also of Greek stía ‘pebble’ and stéar ‘stiff, fat’, Sanskrit styā- ‘stiffen’, and Serbo-Croat stijena ‘rock’). The use of the English term for a measure of weight, equal to fourteen pounds, dates from the 14th century.