American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A group of standing stones on Salisbury Plain in southern England. Dating to c. 2000-1800 B.C., the megaliths are enclosed by a circular ditch and embankment that may date to c. 2800. The arrangement of the stones suggests that Stonehenge was used as a religious center and also as an astronomical observatory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An assemblage of upright stones with others placed horizontally on their tops, on Salisbury Plain, England, -- generally supposed to be the remains of an ancient Druidical temple.
- n. an ancient megalithic monument in southern England; probably used for ritual purposes
“On the broad downs, under the gray sky, not a house was visible, nothing but Stonehenge, which looked like a group of brown dwarfs in the wide expanse, Stonehenge and the barrows, which rose like green bosses about the plain, and a few hayricks.”
“As in the case of Stonehenge, the purpose for which the Avebury monument was erected has been the source of much difference of opinion among antiquaries, Dr Stukely (_Stonehenge a”
“[Illustration: STONEHENGE.] "Amongst the ruling races of prehistoric times the father sun-god was the god on the grey white horse, the clouds, and it was this white horse -- the sun-god of the limestone, flint, and chalk country --- which was the god of Stonehenge, the ruins of which describe the complete ritual of this primeval worship.”
“What came next was what I called the Stonehenge of Starch; They named it Polenta Pomodoro”
“Of course, "Stonehenge" is not really the monument it was at its building (whether by Merlin or under the influence of Aliens or as a burial ground), much less in its "original" usage -- rather, "Stonehenge" is a kind of shorthand, by which we mean all the things which intervened, the multiplicities of usages and all the "theories" about its origins that exist in the intervening time.”
“We assume Stonehenge is designed because Stonehenge looks designed.”
“As I said, Stonehenge is only one of many lithic monuments made by humans.”
“Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones.”
“I remember in Stonehenge, we ran up to the clue box and ran back to the car.”
“And I also say that geologists will have an easy time determining that Stonehenge is a natural formation than OoL researchers will have reducing living organisms to matter and energy.”
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