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flagstone

[flag-stohn] /ˈflægˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
Also called flag. a flat stone slab used especially for paving.
2.
flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones.
3.
rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; flag4 + stone
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Examples for flagstone
  • Square-cut flagstone pavers are edged with colored concrete.
  • Decorative and functional, a dry-laid flagstone and mulch path leads the way to a patio retreat.
  • Then slabs of randomly cut red flagstone were laid on a gravel base.
  • Or something that stays cooler than concrete or flagstone under bare feet when you step out of a pool.
  • Guest-room amenities include hot tubs, heated flagstone floors and energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • Good size back yard with a flagstone patio and expanse of lawn.
  • The agent looked inside our sunken garbage cans, four sheet metal canisters recessed below the flagstone sidewalk.
  • Own a private castle and its flagstone-paved walled garden.
  • The simply furnished rooms and spacious suites are peaceful and private, surrounded by flagstone courtyards and flowering gardens.
  • In good weather you can have breakfast on the flagstone patio.
British Dictionary definitions for flagstone

flagstone

/ˈflæɡˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a hard fine-textured rock, such as a sandstone or shale, that can be split up into slabs for paving
2.
a slab of such a rock
Word Origin
C15 flag (in the sense: sod, turf), from Old Norse flaga slab; compare Old English flæcg plaster, poultice
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Word Origin and History for flagstone
n.

1730, from flag (n.2) "flat, split stone" + stone (n.).

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