/stoʊn / (say stohn)

1. the hard substance of which rocks consist.
2. a particular kind of rock.
3. Mining opal-bearing material.
4. a piece of rock of definite size, shape, etc., for a particular purpose.
5. a piece of rock of small or moderate size.
6. a precious stone.
7. Mining Colloquial opal.
8. (plural stone) a unit of mass in the imperial system, equal to 14 lb. avoirdupois, or approx. 6.35 kg.
9. something resembling a small stone or pebble.
10. any hard, stone-like seed, like that of a peach.
11. Botany the hard endocarp of a drupe.
12. Medicine a calculous concretion in the body, as in the kidney, gall bladder, or urinary bladder.
13. a gravestone or tombstone.
14. a grindstone.
15. a millstone.
16. a hailstone.
17. a polished granite stone used in curling.
18. a light grey or beige colour.
19. Printing a table with a smooth surface used for composing page formes, formerly made of stone.
20. a piece in the game of dominoes, backgammon, etc.
21. (plural) Obsolete testicles.
22. made of or relating to stone.
23. made of stoneware: a stone jug; an old stone bottle.
verb (t) (stoned, stoning)
24. to throw stones at; drive by pelting with stones.
25. to put to death by pelting with stones.
26. to provide or fit with stones, as by paving, lining, facing, etc.
27. to rub with or on a stone, as to sharpen, polish, smooth, etc.
28. to free from stones, as fruit.
29. Obsolete to turn into stone; petrify.
30. extremely: stone deaf; stone cold sober.
31. cast (or throw) the first stone, (often negative) to make the first criticism: well, with her record, she can't cast the first stone. {Phrase Origin: from the New Testament (John 8:7): `He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her', being Jesus' reply to those wanting to punish a woman accused of adultery by the traditional means of stoning}
32. have a heart of stone, to be extremely unfeeling and unkind; be cold-hearted.
33. leave no stone unturned, to make every possible effort to achieve one's goal. {Phrase Origin: according to legend, the advice of the oracle of Delphi to the Theban Polycrates. He had searched unsuccessfully to find the treasure of the Persians after they had been vanquished by the Greeks at the battle of Plataea in 479 BC. Following the advice, Polycrates searched again and found the treasure under the tent of the defeated Persian general.}
34. stone the crows, Colloquial (an exclamation of astonishment, exasperation, or disgust.)
35. the stone end (or finish), Colloquial the very end (usually of something difficult or unpleasant).
{Middle English; Old English stān}
stoneless, adjective
stoner, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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