1. 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.
2. Converting into stone; petrifying; petrific. The stony dart of senseless cold. (Spenser)
3. Inflexible; cruel; unrelenting; pitiless; obdurate; perverse; cold; morally hard; appearing as if petrified; as, a stony heart; a stony gaze. Stony coral.
(Science: zoology) same as stone coral, under Stone.
Origin: AS. Stanig. See Stone.