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

: a black substance that is used for making roads

Full Definition of ASPHALT

:  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
:  an asphaltic composition used for pavements and as a waterproof cement
as·phal·tic \as-ˈfl-tik, especially British -ˈfal-\ adjective

Variants of ASPHALT

as·phalt also as·phal·tum \as-ˈfl-təm, especially British -ˈfal-\

Origin of ASPHALT

Middle English aspalt, from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice



Definition of ASPHALT

transitive verb
:  to cover with asphalt :  pave 1

First Known Use of ASPHALT

circa 1859

Other Civil Engineering Terms

ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice
ASPHALTUM Defined for Kids


noun as·phalt \ˈas-ˌflt\

Definition of ASPHALT for Kids

:  a dark-colored substance obtained from natural deposits in the earth or from petroleum
:  any of various materials made of asphalt that are used for pavements and as a waterproof cement


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