stony

Definitions

  • 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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Idioms

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.
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Etymology

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

Usage

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
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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.
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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
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