stone definition, meaning - what is stone in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stone”

See all translations

stone

noun uk   /stəʊn/  us   /stoʊn/

stone noun (ROCK)

B1 [C or U] the hard, solid substance found in the ground that is often used for building, or a piece of this: a stone wall/floor a flight of stone steps a primitive stone axe They cut enormous blocks of stone out of the hillside. Some demonstrators were arrested for throwing stones at the police. [C] a piece of hard material that can form in some organs in the body and cause severe pain: kidney/gall stones
More examples

stone noun (WEIGHT)

[C] (plural stone or stones) UK (written abbreviation st) a unit of weight equal to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms, used especially when talking about a person's weight: I weigh ten and a half stone. She has put on/lost a stone (= is a stone heavier/lighter).
More examples

stone noun (JEWEL)

B1 [C] a small piece of a hard, valuable substance, such as a diamond, that is found in the ground and used in jewellery: a precious/semi-precious stone The large central diamond is surrounded by eight smaller stones.

stone noun (SEED)

C2 [C] (plural stones) mainly UK (US usually pit) a large, hard seed inside some types of fruit: Peaches, plums, and olives all contain stones.
Compare

stone

verb [T] uk   /stəʊn/  us   /stoʊn/

stone verb [T] (THROW ROCKS)

to throw stones at something or someone: Rioters set up barricades and stoned police cars.stone sb to death to kill someone as a punishment by throwing stones at them

stone verb [T] (REMOVE SEED)

(US usually pit) to remove the stone from a fruit: Could you stone the cherries for me?
(Definition of stone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stone?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stone” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More