What's the difference between "rock" and "stone"?
- Anybody can ask a question
- Anybody can answer
- The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
A rock is bigger, possibly immovable, you couldn't throw it with one hand, at a pinch you might be able to with two.
Above, a Google Image result for "Rock", below, for "Stone"
Note that a boulder is probably bigger than a rock1.
Below, a boulder
Oh, also note that rocks and boulders are made from stone.
(This answer is mildly tongue in cheek)
1 Notable exception: Uluru/Ayre's Rock.
Generally, usage has made the two words completely interchangeable. However, I would use stone to refer to the stuff from which rocks are made.
is probably better than
is as acceptable as
I'm not sure that I would ever refer to "a rock". To me, "rock" is a substance - I recognise "a rock" but think of it as a principally American word. I do talk about "a stone" as well as "stone" - "stone" is the substance which has been, or may be, used for building.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Feb 24 '12 at 11:01
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?