I wonder, then, when the word originated and whether it was then seen as a 
building block.  I'll have to check the OED, but it does not seem likely to 
me.  I think most words start as names of things.  How about "sky"?

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> Is "stone" really an action at its core?  (Of course in "stoning" it is
> a
> but I think that is not the origin.)

Perhaps.  First you have a rock and then you do something with it and it
gets turned into a stone (building stone, grave stove, paving stone, etc.)
In a context like this "stone" could mean transform from a more primitive

   Rick Parker