stone Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"stone" in British English

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stonenoun

uk   /stəʊn/  us   /stoʊn/

stone noun (ROCK)

B1 [C or U] the hard, ​solidsubstancefound 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 ​cutenormousblocks 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 ​causeseverepain: kidney/​gall stones
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stone noun (WEIGHT)

[C] (plural stone or stones) UK (written abbreviation st) a ​unit of ​weightequal 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).
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  • I ​want to ​lose a stone before ​Christmas.
  • She must ​weigh over 15 stone.
  • I got up to 13 stone when I was ​pregnant.
  • He's down to twelve stone.
  • You're three stones ​heavier than me!

stone noun (JEWEL)

B1 [C] a ​smallpiece of a hard, ​valuablesubstance, such as a diamond, that is ​found in the ​ground and used in ​jewellery: a precious/semiprecious stone The ​largecentraldiamond is ​surrounded by eight ​smaller stones.

stone noun (SEED)

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

uk   /stəʊn/  us   /stoʊn/

stone verb [T] (THROW ROCKS)

to ​throw stones at something or someone: Rioters set up ​barricades and stoned ​policecars.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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stone" in American English

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stonenoun

 us   /stoʊn/

stone noun (HARD SUBSTANCE)

[C/U] the hard, ​solidsubstancefound in the ​ground that is often used as a ​buildingmaterial, or a ​smallpiece of this ​substance: [U] The ​museum was made of stone. [C/U] A stone is also a ​jewel: [C] He ​wore a ​ring with a ​black stone on his little ​finger. [C/U] A stone is also a ​piece of hard ​material that can ​form in an ​organ in the ​body: [C] kidney stones

stone noun (SEED)

[C] a pit : a ​cherry stone

stoneverb [T]

 us   /stoʊn/

stone verb [T] (THROW HARD SUBSTANCE)

to ​throwrocks or other hard ​objects at someone or something

stoneadverb [not gradable]

 us   /stoʊn/

stone adverb [not gradable] (COMPLETELY)

completely: By the ​time he was 80, he was stone ​deaf.
(Definition of stone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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