We use the word "stone" for material and objects that have hardened over a very, very long period of time. The word "stone" is similar to the word "rock."

  • A stone can be large or small.
  • Stones can be used for decorative purposes in landscaping and architecture.
  • Gemstones such as diamonds and rubies are very old and extremely valuable.
  • The Stone Age is a period of human development in which people used stones for tools and weapons.
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There are some expressions and proverbs in English that use the word "stone."

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. (Words can not hurt a person physically.)
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss. (A person can benefit from constant movement and activity.)
  • He killed two birds with one stone. (It’s good to get two things accomplished with one action.)
  • We shall leave no stone unturned. (We will do everything possible in order to find out what happened.)
  • Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. (From The Bible, John 8:7. If you are ready to punish someone for a crime, examine your conscience and consider what sins or crimes you are guilty of yourself.)
  • People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. (If you say or do something negative towards another person, you become vulnerable as that person may respond in a similar fashion.)

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This page was published on July 18, 2017.