noun \ˈpāv-mənt\

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

Full Definition of PAVEMENT

:  a paved surface: as
a :  the artificially covered surface of a public thoroughfare
b chiefly British :  sidewalk
:  the material with which something is paved
:  something that suggests a pavement (as in flatness, hardness, and extent of surface)

Examples of PAVEMENT

  1. He stopped the car just off the pavement.
  2. The summer heat rose off the pavement.

Origin of PAVEMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pavimentum, from pavire
First Known Use: 13th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Durable surfacing of a road, path, court, patio, plaza, airstrip, or other such area. The Romans, the greatest road builders of the ancient world, built their roads of stone and concrete. By AD 75 several methods of road construction were known in India, including brick and stone slab pavements, and street paving was common in towns. Smaller cobblestones began to be used for European paving in the late Middle Ages. The 18th–19th century saw the development of pavement systems (e.g., macadam) that used light road surfaces of broken or crushed stone. Modern flexible pavements contain sand and gravel or crushed stone compacted with a bituminous binder (e.g., asphalt or tar); such a pavement has enough plasticity to absorb shock. Rigid pavements are made of concrete, composed of coarse and fine aggregate and portland cement, and usually reinforced with steel rod or mesh.


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