• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stony hard as granite "a granitic fist"
    • adj stony showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings "his flinty gaze","the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
    • adj stony abounding in rocks or stones "rocky fields","stony ground","bouldery beaches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sing Sing prison in New York has a name derived from the Indian words for "stony place."
    • Stony Converting into stone; petrifying; petrific. "The stony dart of senseless cold."
    • Stony Inflexible; cruel; unrelenting; pitiless; obdurate; perverse; cold; morally hard; appearing as if petrified; as, a stony heart; a stony gaze.
    • Stony Of or pertaining to stone, consisting of, or abounding in, stone or stones; resembling stone; hard; as, a stony tower; a stony cave; stony ground; a stony crust.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stony Containing stones; abounding in stone.
    • stony Made of stone; consisting of stone; rocky.
    • stony Hard like stone, but not made of stone; stone-like.
    • stony Specifically, in anatomy and zoology, very hard, like a stone; hard as a rock.
    • stony Sclerodermic or madreporarian, as corals.
    • stony Lithistidan, as sponges.
    • stony Especially thick and hard, as some opercula of shells. See sea-bean, 3.
    • stony Petrous or petrosal, as bone.
    • stony Otolithic, as concretions in the car. See ear-bone, ear-stone, otolith.
    • stony Turned to stone; petrified, as a fossil.
    • stony Pertaining to or characteristic of stone: as, a stony quality or consistency.
    • stony Rigid; fixed; hard, especially in a moral sense; hardened; obdurate.
    • stony Painfully hard and cold; chilling; frigid; freezing.
    • stony To stun.
    • stony To astonish; confound.
    • stony To be or become stunned or astounded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Stony made of, or resembling, stone: abounding with stones: hard: pitiless: obdurate:
    • adjs Stony (B.) rocky
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Fall on stony ground - If an idea or plan falls on stony ground, it is received negatively by people in positions of power or fails to take off.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stānig,. See Stone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stán; Ger. stein, Dut. steen.


In literature:

Landless rowed with compressed lips and stony face, a great fear tugging at his heart.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
South of Bull Run, between Young's Branch and Stony Ridge, ran an unfinished railroad.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Our journey was all over short evergreens rising from stony ground.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
The soil got very stony on getting near Kushkuhyeh (altitude 4,900 feet), where we entered the Chappar khana exactly at noon.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It was a long ride, in hot autumn weather, along these stony paths glistening in the Eastern sun.
"Children of the Old Testament" by Anonymous
When he got to the top of the rock he saw spread out before him a stony waste without a tuft or blade of grass.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
Over the same trying stony valley we reached camp during the early hours of the morning.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Have you forgiven me my stony refusal of last night?
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
About it lay a stony, barren farm, but lovely with the glamour of home.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
The soil a sharp, stony land; no limestone south of the above river.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
We went over a stony place which obstructed almost the entire river, except a narrow channel close to the banks.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Paul's face assumed suddenly the expression of stony indifference, once so familiar to me, and I did not hear his voice again.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
It's one of them out-of-the-way stony places where they used to send convicks to.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
At length it was decided to attack Stony Point.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Fortunately for me, it was not sandy soil, but stony, hard-frozen turf.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
He could trust himself for no further words, in the face of that fearful stony-eyed grief.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
But the place they were now in looked like nothing so much as a dry stony river-bed.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
The voice was dry, the face stony.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
Beside one of these, in a stony open space, stood a magnificent leopard.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Still the ride over a good road, driven through a pitilessly stony country, had its charms for a while.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling

In poetry:

How fast the flitting figures come!
The mild, the fierce, the stony face;
Some bright with thoughtless smiles, and some
Where secret tears have left their trace.
"The Crowded Street" by William Cullen Bryant
Well I remember how on foot I climbed
The stony pathway leading to its gate;
Above, the convent bells for vespers chimed,
Below, the darkening town grew desolate.
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And I, who knew no will save hers alone,
Obeyed, and o'er the tiny pathway sped,
Oft looking up to see her bravely climb
The stony height with firm and steady tread.
"My Dream Of Long Ago" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
I laughed aloud, as one who leaps
Against a curling wave,
And, as a widening ripple creeps,
A shudder caught the stony steeps,
And life shook, laughing, in the grave.
"The Faun" by John Le Gay Brereton
We paused, and she spoke there in tender tones,
"My child, you take the easy path around,
For I can better face the windy blast,
My feet can better tread the stony ground."
"My Dream Of Long Ago" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
And once I clomb a mountain's stony crown
And stood, and smiled no smile and frowned no frown,
Nor ate, nor drank, nor slept, nor faltered down,
Five days and nights, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Patrick E McCarthy Stony Brook 's Tommy Brenton shoots outside.
UConn Men 73, Stony Brook 62.
Stony Brook 31 31 — 62.
STONY BROOK — Three-point goals: 5-18 27.8 (King 2-4, Brenton 1-2, Coley 1-3, Jackson 1-7, Rouse 0-1, Puriefoy 0-1) FG pct.
Tucson News NowGiffey leads No 21 UConn over Stony Brook 73-62.
Canisius Golden Griffins at Stony Brook Seawolves.
USB Sports Complex, Stony Brook , NY.
Villanova at Stony Brook .
Stony Brook 's powerful run game will challenge Villanova.
Stony Brook 's Miguel Maysonet leads all FCS rushers with 1,721… (MIKE GROLL / AP ).
Yet it's 9-2 Stony Brook 's ground game that will draw the most attention.
Stony Brook 's Miguel Maysonet leads all FCS rushers with 1,721 yards.
Stony Brook University is hiring 25 faculty as part of a plan to hire 250 over five years as it launches inter-disciplinary programs designed to break down barriers between study areas.
Davis' late 3 lifts Morgan women past Stony Brook .
He was taken to the burn unit at Stony Brook University Hospital.

In science:

Veerman, Dynamics of certain non-conformal degree two maps of the plane, IMS preprint series 1991/18, SUNY at Stony Brook.
Dynamics of certain non-conformal semigroups
Slansky, in Supergravity, Stony Brook, Sept 1979; R. N.
Status of Neutrino Masses and Mixing in 2009
Shpakov, Ph.D. thesis, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2000).
A novel method for modeling the recoil in W boson events at hadron collider
This work is supported by Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University.
Bouchard-Klemm-Marino-Pasquetti Conjecture for $\mathbb{C}^3$
Slansky, in Supergravity, Stony Brook, Sept 1979; R. N.
Status of Neutrino Masses and Mixing in 2010
Slansky, in Supergravity, Proceedings of the Workshop, Stony Brook, New York, 1979, eds. F. van Nieuwenhuizen and D.
Deviation from Tri-Bimaximal Mixing and Large Reactor Mixing Angle
My understanding of AdS/CFT applications, at whatever depth it is, came from multiple discussion with many people, but mostly with my Stony Brook collaborators Ismail Zahed, Shu Lin and Derek Teaney.
Toward the AdS/CFT dual of the "Little Bang"
An important part of this work was done at Stony Brook.
Quantum Chi-Squared and Goodness of Fit Testing
Gervais, “Quantum group derivation of 2D gravity-matter coupling” Invited talk at the Stony Brook meeting String and Symmetry 1991, Nucl.
Quantum Group Structure and Local Fields in the Algebraic Approach to 2D Gravity
Feynman, in High Energy Col lisions, Proceedings of the Third International Conference, Stony Brook, New York, C. N.
Wigner's Last Papers on Spacetime Symmetries
Yu, “Bose-Einstein condensation of atoms in a trap,” Stony Brook preprint (1996).
Methods for a Nonuniform Bose Gas
The data on top is the µ+µ− invariant mass from the Columbia-Fermilab-Stony Brook collaboration and the data shown below is the total e+ e− cross-section from the DESY-HeidelbergHamburg-Munchen collaboration.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
Zahed, Why is the Ψ′/Ψ ratio in nucleus-nucleus collisions no longer decreasing? Stony Brook preprint 1997.
Physics of Heavy Ions Collisions: The Summary of Moriond-97
Narain, Ph.D Thesis, Inclusive photon spectra from Υ decays, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, 1991 6.
Testing 2HDM at Muon Colliders
Yahil (Stony Brook), he made a detailed comparison of the observed density distribution of IRAS galaxies with that inferred from peculiar velocities.
Princeton University Observatory Annual Report, 1997-98