• WordNet 3.6
    • n whinstone any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whinstone A provincial name given in England to basaltic rocks, and applied by miners to other kind of dark-colored unstratified rocks which resist the point of the pick. -- for example, to masses of chert. Whin-dikes, and whin-sills, are names sometimes given to veins or beds of basalt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whinstone Same as whin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whinstone hwin′stōn a popular name in Scotland for any hard and compact kind of stone, as distinguished from sandstone or freestone and rocks of slaty structure
    • Whinstone Also Whin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Whin, + stone,; cf. Scot. quhynstane,


In literature:

Now I know that the Scotch have a saying, "That you cannot make broth out of whinstones" (which is their name for lava).
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
It is there traversed by a dike of whinstone, of which that range is wholly composed.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
The hills, at the foot of which we are encamped, are composed of whinstone (basalt).
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
The formation is whinstone, but the soil's fertile quality shows an absence of sandstone.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
In like manner granite is a composition which graduates into porphyry; but porphyry is only whinstone of a harder species.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)" by James Hutton
There is no lack of sandstone, slate and whinstone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Many of these hills are covered with a hard, tough, useless sort of whinstone, which adds considerably to the expense of building on them.
"Trade and Travel in the Far East" by G. F. Davidson
All the other roads are covered with macadam made out of black whinstone that is as hard as iron.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Popular names for them are "whinstone," "greenstone," "toadstone" and "trap.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Whinstone of unusual hardness and durability is obtained in nearly every district.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various

In science:

Mas-Colell A, Whinston MD, Green JR (1995) Microeconomic Theory (Oxford University Press, NY). in which they would like to move, one would need to add the term S (cid:48) (x) = (cid:80) 2Caution: the expression of the entropy S (x) depends on the precise definition of the “microscopic” states of the system.
Effective Free Energy for Individual Dynamics
Mas-Collel, A., Whinston, M. and Green, J. (1995).
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges