Definition of Pitchstone

1. Noun. Dark acid granitic glass.

Generic synonyms: Volcanic Glass



Definition of Pitchstone

1. n. An igneous rock of semiglassy nature, having a luster like pitch.

Definition of Pitchstone

1. Noun. (geology) a natural glass, that is rich in microscopic crystallites, formed by the rapid cooling of lava or magma ¹

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Medical Definition of Pitchstone

1. An igneous rock of semiglassy nature, having a luster like pitch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pitchstone

pitching wedge
pitching wedges
pitchings
pitchless
pitchlike
pitchman
pitchmen
pitchout
pitchouts
pitchpenny
pitchpole
pitchpoled
pitchpoles
pitchpoling
pitchside
pitchstone (current term)
pitcht
pitchwoman
pitchwomen
pitchwork
pitchy
piteous
piteously
piteousness
piteousnesses
pitfall
pitfalling
pitfalls
pitful
pitfuls

Literary usage of Pitchstone

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1. The Ancient Volcanoes of Great Britain by Archibald Geikie (1897)
"end is truncated, so as to lay open a section of the gravelly deposit along which the pitchstone flowed. The accompanying diagram (Fig ..."

2. Elements of Chemical and Physical Geology by Gustav Bischof (1859)
"The dark-coloured mass resembling pitchstone, contains narrow crystals of ... pitchstone occurs both as a rock, and as dykes and beds, in various rocks. ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"pitchstone often contains those faces which are culled the faces ... pitchstone forms mountain masses, and is generally in close connexion with porphyry. ..."

4. The Earth's History: An Introduction to Modern Geology by Robert Davies Roberts (1893)
"If a section could have been taken across it immediately after the pitchstone eruption, it would have presented some such appearance as that in Fig. 43. ..."

5. A Treatise on Mineralogy by Charles Upham Shepard (1857)
"The varieties of pitchstone have generally been treated of, under the following heads: obsidian, having a very dark color, a perfectly conchoidal fracture ..."

6. The Cruise of the Betsey: Or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous by Hugh Miller (1860)
"... of Eigg —Chapel of St. Donan—Shell-sand —Origin of Secondary Calcareous Rock suggested— Exploration of Eigg — pitchstone Veins — A Bone Cave—Massacre at ..."

7. Manual of Geology: Practical and Theoretical by John Phillips (1855)
"pitchstone. As before observed, pitchstone occurs in the Isle of Arran both in dikes and interposed beds among the sandstone strata. ..."

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