One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rock that can be cut easily in any direction, in particular a fine-grained sandstone or limestone of uniform texture.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Whilst the greater part was just ordinary stone, many decorative elements were carved out of freestone such as sandstones and limestone.’
- ‘The ten-bay barn is of limestone with freestone dressings and diagonal buttresses.’
- ‘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 tomb's freestone canopy is equally remarkable and can be compared with that of Stratford at Canterbury.’
2A stone fruit in which the pit 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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