Definition of Stone age
1. Noun. (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements.
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Terms within: Eolithic, Eolithic Age, Palaeolithic, Paleolithic, Paleolithic Age, Epipaleolithic, Mesolithic, Mesolithic Age, Neolithic, Neolithic Age, New Stone Age
Group relationships: Prehistoric Culture, Prehistory
Definition of Stone age
1. Proper noun. (archaeology) A broad prehistoric period during which humans widely used stone for toolmaking. ¹
2. Proper noun. (context: figuratively informal) Any extremely primitive or undeveloped era. ¹
3. Proper noun. (figuratively) The time a particular field was introduced and was in its earliest stages of development. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Stone age
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1. Ancient Times, a History of the Early World: An Introduction to the Study of by James Henry Breasted (1916)
"At this point, therefore, the men of the Middle stone age, whose story we have ... They had, MIDDLE stone age meantime, maintained Such needles are found ..."
2. Researches Into the Early History of Mankind and the Development of Civilization by Edward Burnett Tylor (1870)
"THE stone age is that period in the history of mankind during which stone is ... Antiquaries find it convenient to make the stone age cease whenever metal ..."
3. Archaeology and the Bible by George Aaron Barton (1916)
"The Early stone age.—Palestine appears to have been inhabited at a very remote ... The Late stone age.—Of neolithic men in Palestine much more is known. ..."
4. The Popular Science Monthly (1889)
"This was the " stone age." We can conceive, says the Rev. F. Woods, how incomplete is the evidence respecting the primitive life afforded by these relics of ..."
5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1871)
"A HEARTH OF THE POLISHED stone age.» ON tbc summit of a steep hill between the valley of the Bas Roches and that of the Dheune, overlooking the immense ..."
6. Some First Steps in Human Progress by Frederick Starr (1895)
"THE term " stone age "is at present familiar to most read- Meaning of the ers but, ... There never stone Age." has been a time, nor a condition of life, ..."