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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 from the web for flagstones
  • The flagstones are sticky with filth, and the red double-decker racetrack mere inches away.
  • Her white high heels tap, tap across the weathered flagstones.
  • When he walked, he followed an ancient caravan route tiled in broad, flat flagstones.
  • The exterior of the old in received a face-lift with repaired vigas, new flagstones in the courtyard, and a re-graded perimeter.
  • flagstones made from rock other than slate have come from various local operations through the years.
  • The interior has been greatly altered, though the floors are still paved with the original flagstones.
  • flagstones consist of thin slabs that may have irregular outlines or may be sawed into rectangular blocks.
British Dictionary definitions for flagstones

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 flagstones

flagstone

n.

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

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