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
The stone is said to be a hard freestone from the Mendip quarries.
A building material that came into use earlier than granite is known as freestone or sandstone; although its first employment does not date back further than the erection of King's Chapel, Boston, already referred to as the earliest well-known occasion where granite was used in building.
The flesh of a "freestone" peach separates easily from the pit and so lends itself to recipes requiring attractive peach halves or slices.
All the houses along the Undercliff are constructed with a beautiful kind of freestone procured on the spot.
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The ridges themselves were formed of a coarse kind of freestone in a state of rapid decomposition.
A quar* rj has some time ago been opened in Lee - moor; one lately at the Boathouses in the S. £. corner of the parifli; and a coarse kind of freestone is to be had npon the Moafs on the Jerviswood estate, but hitherto has been discoTcred no where else.
The source of continual expense was due to mansion being constructed of Virginia freestone, which was exceedingly porous, which needed a thick coat of white lead every ten years to keep the dampness from penetrating to the interior.
Then, when its blackened freestone walls were repainted white to hide the traces of the fire, it was rechristened “The White House”.
While a pretty peach half from a freestone is perfect for poaching or grilling, cling peach pieces work in things like cobblers, chutneys and butters.
Early varieties Sentry, a semi-freestone yellow fruit, and Sweet Scarlets, a yellow freestone with white peach flavor, are ready.