4 Collective Nouns for Stones

We use stones for building and also for decoration. But, what do we call a group of stones when we see one? We listed the collective nouns you could use for a group of stones below, together with their meanings and sample sentences.

Collective Nouns for Stones

Cairn/Heap

  • (Meaning) Cairn comes from the Gaelic language which means heap. A cairn of stones is a group of man-made stones gathered and piled together to form a landmark.

  • Example 1: They say that this is an ancient cairn of stones and should not be touched.

  • Example 2: This is a beautifully placed heap of stones. It does add character to this place.

Pile

  • (Meaning) A pile of stones is a group of stones that are thrown together or laying on top of each other. These stones are usually just scattered without proper placement or design.

  • Example 1: Get rid of the pile of stones out front because it is an eyesore.

  • Example 2: Are you sure you’ll be using the pile of stones in the backyard? It has been sitting there for weeks.

Truckload

  • (Meaning) A truckload of stones is a collective noun that refers to a truck full of stones used for construction or decorative purposes that needs transport from one place to another.

  • Example 1: Don’t get too near the truckful of stones, for they might fall out while the truck is moving.

  • Example 2: I ordered a truckful of stones for our garden and it should arrive tomorrow.

Mound

  • (Meaning) A mound of stones is a general term used to call a group of stones that are used to mark a boundary, a memorial, or a burial site.

  • Example 1: Don’t mess with the mound of stones the locals warned us about.

  • Example 2: We need to move the mound of stones by the driveway or it will block the truck from coming in and out.

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