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Language: Old English
Origin: stan

stone

1 noun
     
stone1 S2 W1
1

rock

[uncountable]HEG a hard solid mineral substance:
stone steps
The floors are made of stone.
2

piece of rock

[countable]HEG a small piece of rock of any shape, found on the ground:
A handful of protesters began throwing stones at the police.
! In British English, a stone is a piece of stone small enough to pick up. In American English, this can be called either a rock or a stone.
3

jewellery

[countable]DCJ a jewel [= precious stone]
4

fruit

[countable] British English the large hard part at the centre of some fruits, such as a peach or cherry, which contains the seed [= pit American English]
5

medical

[countable]MI a ball of hard material that can form in organs such as your bladder or kidneys
6

weight

plural stone [countable] written abbreviation st a British unit for measuring weight, equal to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms
7

a stone's throw from something/away (from something)

very close to something:
The hotel is only a stone's throw from the beach.
8

be made of stone

also have a heart of stone to not show any emotions or pity for someone
9

not be carved/etched in stone

used to say an idea or plan could change:
John has several new ideas for the show, but nothing is etched in stone yet.
10

leave no stone unturned

to do everything you can in order to find something or to solve a problem:
Jarvis left no stone unturned in his search to find the ring.

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