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Definition of standing stone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

standing stone

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a tall vertical stone that was shaped and put up by prehistoric people in western Europe synonym menhir Culture There are many standing stones in Britain, often arranged in circles as at Stonehenge and Avebury. Nobody knows exactly why they were put there, though many people think it was for religious reasons, or for the study of the stars and planets.