Flagstone is a type of flat stone, usually used for paving slabs, but also for making fences or roofing. It may also be used for making memorials or headstones in a cemetery. It also refers to Pennsylvania Bluestone, a stone from northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York. This is a sedimentary rock which is cut or split in layers for walkways and patios. It contains feldspar which gives it the blue color. Flagstone is a sandstone which makes the rock essentially quartz. The material that binds flagstone is usually composed of silica, calcium, or iron oxide. The color of the rock usually comes from the cementing material. Typical colors of flagstone are red, blue, buff, and there are exotic colors like chocolate. It is often used for patios, walkways, steps, fences, housing, fireplaces, and many construction projects.

Flagstones in the Middle Ages

Interior rooms of castles and other structures often used flagstones as flooring materials. Numerous examples of buildings in Europe may be found that have surviving rooms of this form. For example, Lindisfarne Castle in England and Muchalls Castle (14th century) in Scotland have such flooring components.

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  • Flagstone — Flag stone , n. A flat stone used in paving, or any rock which will split into such stones. See {Flag}, a stone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flagstone — (n.) 1730, from FLAG (Cf. flag) (n.2) flat, split stone + STONE (Cf. stone) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • flagstone — ► NOUN ▪ a flat square or rectangular stone slab, used for paving …   English terms dictionary

  • flagstone — [flag′stōn΄] n. [ FLAG2 + STONE] 1. any hard stone that splits into flat pieces used in paving walks, terraces, etc. 2. a piece of such stone …   English World dictionary

  • flagstone — UK [ˈflæɡˌstəʊn] / US [ˈflæɡˌstoʊn] noun [countable] Word forms flagstone : singular flagstone plural flagstones a hard flat piece of stone used for making a path or floor …   English dictionary

  • flagstone — noun the landscapers unearthed a beautiful flagstone walkway, perhaps laid a hundred years ago Syn: paving slab, paving stone, slab, flag …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • flagstone — noun Date: 1730 flag V …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flagstone — /flag stohn /, n. 1. Also called flag. a flat stone slab used esp. for paving. 2. flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones. 3. rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones. [1720 30; FLAG4 + STONE] * * * …   Universalium

  • flagstone — noun /ˈflæɡ.stəʊn/ a) A flat, rectangular piece of rock or stone used for paving or roofing. b) One of several types of rock easily split and suitable for making flagstones …   Wiktionary

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