Meaning of “stone” in the English Dictionary

"stone" in British English

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stonenoun

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

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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).

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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 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 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, solid substance found in the ground that is often used as a building material, or a small piece 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 throw rocks 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)