(UK dialectal) A large box of stones used for pressing cheese; a cheese-press.
Origin of stean
- From Middle English stenen, from Old English stǣnan (“to stone, cast stones at; adorn with precious stones”), from Proto-Germanic *stainijaną (“to adorn with stones”), *stainōną (“to throw stones at”). Cognate with Old High German steinen (“to adorn with stones”), Old High German steinōn (“to throw stones”), Gothic [script?] (stainjan, “to throw stones at”). [script?].