(A). A flat gravestone, a stone coffin or sarcophagus, also a
bond stone which extends over the entire thickness of a wall. In
architecture, called “Perpent” or “Perpend Stones” or “Throughs.” (French, Pierre parpainge.)
“Od! he is not stirring yet, mair than he were a through-stane.” —Sir W. Scott: The Monastery (Introduction).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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