from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stone, such as limestone, that is soft enough to be cut easily without shattering or splitting.
- n. A fruit, especially a peach, that has a stone that does not adhere to the pulp. See Regional Note at andiron.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of stone that is composed of small particles and easily shaped, such as sandstone or limestone.
- n. A stone fruit having a stone (pit) that is relatively free of the flesh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stone composed of sand or grit; -- so called because it is easily cut or wrought.
- adj. Having the flesh readily separating from the stone, as in certain kinds of peaches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any species of stone composed of sand or grit, as the brownstone or brown sandstone of the eastern United States, much used in building: so called because it is easily quarried.
- n. A freestone peach: distinguished from clingstone. See II.
- Having, as a fruit, a stone from which the flesh of the fruit separates readily and cleanly, as distinguished from the quality of having a stone to which the flesh clings or adheres firmly: as, a freestone peach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fruit (especially peach) whose flesh does not adhere to the pit
Middle English freston, translation of Old French franche pere, high-grade stone : franche, high-grade, feminine of franc, noble, freeborn + pere, stone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)