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asphalt

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noun as·phalt \ˈas-ˌfȯlt also ˈash-, especially British -ˌfalt\

Simple Definition of asphalt

  • : a black substance that is used for making roads

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of asphalt

  1. 1 :  a dark bituminous substance that is found in natural beds and is also obtained as a residue in petroleum refining and that consists chiefly of hydrocarbons

  2. 2 :  an asphaltic composition used for pavements and as a waterproof cement

asphaltic

play \as-ˈfȯl-tik, especially British -ˈfal-\ adjective

Variants of asphalt

also

asphaltum

play \as-ˈfȯl-təm, especially British -ˈfal-\

Origin and Etymology of asphalt

Middle English aspalt, from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos


First Known Use: 14th century

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asphalt

verb as·phalt

Definition of asphalt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover with asphalt :  pave 1



Circa 1859

First Known Use of asphalt

circa 1859

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ASPHALT Defined for Kids

asphalt

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noun as·phalt \ˈas-ˌfȯlt\

Definition of asphalt for Students

  1. 1 :  a dark-colored substance obtained from natural deposits in the earth or from petroleum

  2. 2 :  any of various materials made of asphalt that are used for pavements and as a waterproof cement





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