from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of holystone.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Every deck was holystoned, every bit of brass polished, every rail festooned.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • It was all clean and holystoned, but there was a strange, heavy smell about it that I couldn't place.

    Flash For Freedom

  • At dawn Orlov turned out all hands and had the immaculate ship holystoned and cleaned.


  • He climbed aboard and ordered the spotless ship cleaned and the decks holystoned — sand and broom and water — rigging replaced, sails tended, scuppers and cannon cleansed.


  • Looking out the door of the companionway on to the starboard deck-alley of the yacht, they saw that the awnings were up and the decks were being holystoned.

    The Pirate Shark

  • Indeed, the principal use for a crew aboard the _Seamew_ was to keep the brasswork polished and the decks holystoned, it seemed to Mart.

    The Pirate Shark

  • You should have seen these big fishermen coyly removing their heavy boots before treading our decks -- I believe that "snowy deck" is the proper term -- lest they should mar the holystoned smoothness.

    Sweetapple Cove

  • The prison-ships lying in the Thames, waiting for their living cargo to be carried away and dumped on distant lands, were cleaned out, refitted, holystoned, and sent out as merchant-ships.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers

  • Everything above decks was spick and span, and young Horatio gazed with wondering admiration at the neatness of the white decks continually scraped and holystoned until they fairly glistened in the sun, at the imposing size and length of the long lines of black cannon, the special pride of every officer, and at the symmetry and the wonderful height of spars and sails and rigging, forming a very network in the sky.

    Historic Boyhoods

  • Decks are no longer holystoned, but the cable still supplies the captain with opportunity to attest a pious respect for the divine ordinance.

    INTERNET WIRETAP: The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce (1993 Edition)


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.