simple past tense and past participle of holystone
(nautical) A piece of soft sandstone used for scouring the wooden decks of ships, usually with sand and seawater.
A stone with a naturally-formed hole, used by Yorkshiremen for good luck.
(transitive) To use a holystone.
A stone used by seamen for scrubbing the decks of ships.
To scrub with a holystone, as the deck of a vessel.
a soft sandstone used for scrubbing the decks of a ship
scrub with a holystone;
‘holystone the ship's deck’;
Holystone is a soft and brittle sandstone that was formerly used in the Royal Navy and US Navy for scrubbing and whitening the wooden decks of ships. A variety of origins have been proposed for the term, including that such stones were taken from broken monuments of St.