holystone
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhəʊl.ɪ.stəʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhoʊl.i.stoʊn/
Noun

holystone (plural holystones)

  1. (nautical) A piece of soft sandstone used for scouring the wooden decks of ships, usually with sand and seawater. [1823]
  2. A stone with a naturally-formed hole, used by Yorkshiremen for good luck. [1825]
Synonyms
  • (sandstone used to scour ships' decks) bible
  • (holed rock used as an amulet) lucky stone
Translations
  • Russian: песча́ник
Verb

holystone (holystones, present participle holystoning; past and past participle holystoned)

  1. (transitive) To use a holystone. [1827]
    • 1840, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years before the Mast..., p. 6:
      Six days shalt thou labour and do all thou art able,
      And on the seventh—holystone the decks and scrape the cable.
    • 1911: Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, s.v. "Sabbath":
      Six days shalt thou labor and do all that thou art able,
      And on the seventh holystone the deck and scrape the cable.



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