a hard sandstone or limestone, esp when used for buildingAlso called: rag, ragg

Word Origin for ragstone

C14: from rag 4 + stone
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Examples from the Web for ragstone

Historical Examples of ragstone

  • It is faced with Kentish ragstone, and was consecrated 1862.

    Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

  • It is built of ragstone with bath-stone dressings, and covered with slate.

    The Church Index

    William Pepperell

  • The building is faced with Kentish ragstone, and all the dressings are of Boxhill buttstone.


    George Bryan

  • Henry V. granted the City free passages for four boats and four carts, to bring lime, ragstone, and freestone for the works.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • It was composed of chalk, ragstone, and rubble, exactly resembling the walls of the church.

    The Knights Templars

    C. G. (Charles Greenstreet) Addison