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Definition of stone noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    hard substance
  1. 1[uncountable] (often used before nouns or in compounds) a hard, solid mineral substance that is found in the ground, often used for building Most of the houses are built of stone. stone walls a stone floor a flight of stone steps see also limestone, sandstone, soapstone
  2. 2[countable] a small piece of rock of any shape a pile of stones Some children were throwing stones into the lake. see also hailstone, philosopher's stone
  3. 3[countable] (usually in compounds) a piece of stone shaped for a particular purpose These words are carved on the stone beside his grave. see also cornerstone, foundation stone, gravestone, headstone, lodestone, millstone, paving stone, stepping stone, tombstone
  4. jewel
  5. 4[countable] = precious stone
  6. in body
  7. 5[countable] (often in compounds) a small piece of hard material that can form in the bladder or kidney and cause pain kidney stones see also gallstone
  8. Idioms
    carved/set in stone
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    (of a decision, plan, etc.) unable to be changed People should remember that our proposals aren't set in stone.
    have a heart of stone
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    to be a person who does not show others sympathy
    kill two birds with one stone
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    to achieve two things at the same time with one action
    leave no stone unturned
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    to try every possible course of action in order to find or achieve something
    like getting blood out of/from a stone
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    almost impossible to obtain Getting an apology from him was like getting blood from a stone.
    people (who live) in glass houses shouldn't throw stones (saying)
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    you should not criticize other people, because they will easily find ways of criticizing you
    a rolling stone gathers no moss (saying)
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    a person who moves from place to place, job to job, etc. does not have a lot of money, possessions, or friends but is free from responsibilities
    a stone's throw
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    a very short distance away We live just a stone's throw from here. The hotel is within a stone's throw of the beach.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stone