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pavement

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noun pave·ment \ˈpāv-mənt\

Simple Definition of pavement

  • : the hard surface of a road, driveway, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pavement

  1. 1 :  a paved surface: as a :  the artificially covered surface of a public thoroughfare b chiefly British :  sidewalk

  2. 2 :  the material with which something is paved

  3. 3 :  something that suggests a pavement (as in flatness, hardness, and extent of surface)

Examples of pavement in a sentence

  1. He stopped the car just off the pavement.

  2. The summer heat rose off the pavement.



Origin and Etymology of pavement

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pavimentum, from pavire


First Known Use: 13th century



PAVEMENT Defined for Kids

pavement

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noun pave·ment \ˈpāv-mənt\

Definition of pavement for Students

  1. 1 :  a hard surface of concrete or asphalt

  2. 2 :  material used in making a hard surface





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