from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete and dialectal (Scotch) form of stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. & Prov. Eng. A stone.

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  • noun A dialectal or obsolete form of stone.


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From Middle English stan, from Old English stān ("stone"). More at stone.


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  • In the very brief communication accompanying it, the Cat-stane is shortly described as "A Pictish monument near Edinburgh, IN OC TUMULO JACIT VETA

    Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1 James Young Simpson 1840

  • Rusticus will point out to you "the auld-fashioned standin 'stane" -- on which he tells you that there are plain to be seen a cocked hat, a pair of spectacles, a comb, a looking-glass, a sow with a long snout, and a man driving a gig, -- Mr Urban will describe to you "a hieroglyphed monolith" in the terms following: --

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author John Hill Burton

  • The stane was a natural stone or erection of masonry which stood at the churchyard gates, to enable parishioners to mount horses or carts easily, particularly useful for women riding pillion.

    Tam o' Crumstan 1856

  • I wish our fonds were well oot of them, and in yird and stane, which is a constansie.

    The Ayrshire Legatees, or, the Pringle family John Galt 1809

  • "stane" and there curl on the ice till his toes almost froze on his feet; and one Episcopal clergyman used to have hard work holding back hot words of youthful habit on the golf links; and his people loved him both because he golfed and because he almost said things, when he golfed.

    The Canadian Commonwealth 1903

  • Paltrow was exquisite as pepper potts, and Jeff Bridges was perfect as obadiah stane (although Kris Kristopherson could have done too .. see payback).

    Sound Off: Iron Man - What Did You Think? « 2008

  • Phizik on Aug 1, 2008 bruce willis looks like obadiah stane fanboy d on Aug 1, 2008

    Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? Trailer Debut « 2008

  • While the mourners were busy in the vault, the three village hags, who, notwithstanding the unwonted earliness of the hour, had snuffed the carrion like vultures, were seated on the “through-stane,” and engaged in their wonted unhallowed conference.

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • Od, he is not stirring yet, mair than he were a through-stane!

    The Monastery 2008

  • “She returns to Shaws – Castle by the Buck-stane road?”

    Saint Ronan's Well 2008


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