Definition of freestone in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A fine-grained stone which can be cut easily in any direction, in particular a type of sandstone or limestone.

    ‘the town hall built in the local freestone’
    • ‘Towards the end of the twelfth century, stone from Caen was used for the rebuilding of Canterbury Cathedral, and in the mid-thirteenth century freestone from Caen was used for mouldings and carvings in Westminster Abbey.’
    • ‘They quarried the brownstone, then called freestone, because of the ease with which it could be worked.’
    • ‘To the south end of the living area is a massive freestone chimney and fireplace which works both inside and out on the platform.’
    • ‘He has learnt all the skills of carving freestone.’
    • ‘The ten-bay barn is of limestone with freestone dressings and diagonal buttresses.’
    • ‘The tomb's freestone canopy is equally remarkable and can be compared with that of Stratford at Canterbury.’
    • ‘Whilst the greater part was just ordinary stone, many decorative elements were carved out of freestone such as sandstones and limestone.’
  • 2A stone fruit in which the stone is easily separated from the flesh when the fruit is ripe.

    [as modifier] ‘freestone peaches’
    Contrasted with clingstone
    • ‘Its freestone fruit - about average in size - has an attractive pinkish-orange skin.’
    • ‘To peel clingstones, score a little cross at the base of the fruit and plunge into hot, then cold water as with freestones and peel away the skin.’
    • ‘Use chunks of ripe pineapple, halves of slightly under-ripe apricots or freestone peaches.’
    • ‘When it comes to baking or preserving, freestones are the easiest to work with.’
    • ‘Irene finished canning her Red Globe freestone peaches and wiped up the sticky mess before flies took over her kitchen.’
    • ‘Varieties There are two categories of peach, clingstone and freestone, distinguished by the ease with which the flesh comes away from the stone.’