Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause (flat stones) to skip or skim on the surface of water.

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Examples

  • The Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") is a large piece of red sandstone that has symbolic importance in Scotland -- it was used in the ceremonies to enthrone a series of ancient Scots kings -- but was seized by Edward I in 1296 and taken to Westminster Abbey, where the English used it to enthrone their monarchs.

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  • The slab of red sandstone, which is also known as the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") and weighs almost 152 kilograms, is said to have been used in the coronation of ancient Scottish monarchs.

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  • To scoon was a verb borrowed by the New Englanders from some Scotch dialect, and meant to skim or skip across the water like a flat stone.

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  • The story goes that one day as one of these new ships sailed out of Gloucester harbor a fisherman watching her exclaimed with admiration, 'See her _scoon_!'

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  • Ghemeyn bekenisse der sonden | met | scoon gebeden.

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  • So he carried away the sacred stone of Scone (scoon), on which all kings of Scotland had to sit when they were crowned, and put it in

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  • The Judge says that schoot means to rush, and hence schoodic from this and auke (a place where water rushes), and that schoon means the same; and that the Marblehead people and others have derived the words scoon and scoot from the Indians, and hence schooner; refers to a Mr. Chute.

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  • Nathaniel P. Schoon False Schooner's name comes from scoon or ` skim upon water, 'but he thinks he sounds racier as the son of a skipper.

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  • When a pebble glanced along the top of the water it was said to _scoon_, "answered his father, with a smile.

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  • NPR's Says You used this word in its bluffing round: skipping a rock across water.

    April 23, 2011

  • Usage/explanation on schooner.

    July 15, 2009