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(1)   Of any of various dull tannish or grey colors


(2)   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"
(3)   A lack of feeling or expression or movement
"He must have a heart of stone"
"Her face was as hard as stone"
(4)   A lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter
"He threw a rock at me"
(5)   United States architect (1902-1978)
(6)   United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as chief justice (1872-1946)
(7)   United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989)
(8)   United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893)
(9)   United States filmmaker (born in 1946)
(10)   United States jurist who was named chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1872-1946)
(11)   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"
(12)   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"
(13)   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"
(14)   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"


(15)   Remove the pits from
"Pit plums and cherries"
(16)   Kill by throwing stones at
"People wanted to stone the woman who had a child out of wedlock"


From , from , from . Cognate with Scots , Dutch , German , Swedish , Danish , Norwegian and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek , Russian .


  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. 1 stone ≈ 6.3503 kilograms
    • 1843: Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod, 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. [...] It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds. — The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p. 202.
    • 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.
  9. A 42-pound, precisely shaped piece of granite with a handle attached, which is bowled down the ice.



  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. To intoxicate, especially with narcotics. (Usually in passive)


  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


  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.

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