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stone British & World English

Hard solid non-metallic mineral matter of which rock is made, especially as a building material

stone English Thesaurus

a gang of youths threw stones and missiles at police officers

Stone, Edward Durell British & World English

(1902–78), US architect. His notable designs include the Museum of Modern Art in New York City 1937–39; the US embassy in New Delhi, India 1954–58; and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC 1964–69

Stone, Harlan Fiske British & World English

(1872–1946), US chief justice 1941–46. He was the dean of the Columbia Law School 1910–24 and, briefly, US attorney general 1924 in President Coolidge’s cabinet before he was appointed to the US Supreme Court as an associate justice 1925–41. He was named chief justice by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Stone, Lucy British & World English

(1818–93), US feminist and abolitionist. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree (Oberlin College 1847), she traveled widely during the 1850s lecturing on women’s rights. In 1869, she founded the American Woman Suffrage Association, which merged with the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association

Stone, Oliver British & World English

(B.1946), American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won Oscars for his adaptation of the novel Midnight Express (1978) and his direction of Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989), both of which indict American involvement in the Vietnam War

stone me! British & World English

An exclamation of surprise or shock

Stone Age British & World English

A prehistoric period when weapons and tools were made of stone or of organic materials such as bone, wood, or horn

Bath stone British & World English

A type of oolitic limestone found especially near Bath in SW England, grey to yellowish in colour and used in building and sculpture

Black Stone British & World English

The sacred reddish-black stone built into the outside wall of the Kaaba and ritually touched by Muslim pilgrims

chalk-stone British & World English

A chalky deposit of sodium urate formed in the hands and feet of sufferers from severe gout

china stone British & World English

Partly kaolinized granite containing plagioclase feldspar, which is ground and mixed with kaolin to make porcelain

Coade stone British & World English

An artificial stone claimed to have greater resistance to frost and heat than natural stone, formerly much used for statues, decorative work, etc.

fire stone British & World English

Stone that can withstand fire and great heat, used especially for lining furnaces and ovens

rune stone British & World English

A large stone carved with runes by ancient Scandinavians or Anglo-Saxons

stone boat British & World English

A flat-bottomed sled used for transporting stones and other heavy objects

stone broke British & World English

North American term for stony broke.

stone china British & World English

A kind of very hard earthenware resembling porcelain

stone crab British & World English

A large, heavy, edible crab of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area

stone face British & World English

A face that reveals no emotions

stone fruit British & World English

A fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone, such as a peach, plum, or cherry

stone lily British & World English

A fossilized sea lily

stone pine British & World English

An umbrella-shaped southern European pine tree with large needles, very large glossy brown cones, and edible seeds (pine nuts)

water stone British & World English

A whetstone used with water rather than oil

coping stone British & World English

A flat stone forming part of a coping

curling stone British & World English

A large polished circular stone, with a handle on top, used in the game of curling

kidney stone British & World English

A hard mass formed in the kidneys, typically consisting of insoluble calcium compounds; a renal calculus

living stone British & World English

A small succulent southern African plant which resembles a pebble in appearance. It consists of two fleshy cushion-like leaves divided by a slit through which a daisy-like flower emerges

Moabite Stone British & World English

A monument erected by Mesha, king of Moab, in circa 850 bc which describes (in an early form of the Hebrew language) the campaign between Moab and ancient Israel (2 Kings 3), and bears an early example of an inscription in the Phoenician alphabet. It is now in the Louvre in Paris

nardoo stone British & World English

Each of a pair of stones used by Aborigines for grinding nardoo spores into flour

paving stone British & World English

A large, flat piece of stone or similar material, used in paving

rocking stone British & World English

A boulder poised in such a way that it can be easily rocked

rolling stone British & World English

A person who is unwilling to settle for long in one place

Rosetta Stone British & World English

An inscribed stone found near Rosetta (now called Rashid) in Egypt in1799. Its text is written in three scripts: hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek. The deciphering of the hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion in 1822 led to the interpretation of many other early records of Egyptian civilization

stone circle British & World English

A megalithic monument of a type found mainly in western Europe, consisting of stones, typically standing stones, arranged more or less in a circle

stone country British & World English

A flat, arid, stony region of inland Australia

stone curlew British & World English

A large-eyed bird resembling a plover with mottled brownish plumage, inhabiting open stony or sandy country. Also called thick-knee

stone marten British & World English

A Eurasian marten that has chocolate-brown fur with a white throat

Portland stone British & World English

Limestone from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, highly prized as a building material

precious stone British & World English

A highly attractive and valuable piece of mineral, used especially in jewellery; a gemstone

standing stone British & World English

Another term for menhir.

stepping stone British & World English

A raised stone used singly or in a series as a place on which to step when crossing a stream or muddy area

stone-coloured British & World English

Of a neutral shade of whitish or brownish grey

Stone Mountain British & World English

A granite mass east of Atlanta, Georgia, site of the Confederate Memorial Carving, the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture, which features the figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, all on horseback

Coronation stone British & World English

Another term for Stone of Scone.

foundation stone British & World English

A stone laid at a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction of a building

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