asphalt

noun
as·​phalt | \ˈas-ˌfȯlt also ˈash-, especially British -ˌfalt\
variants: or less commonly asphaltum \ as-​ˈfȯl-​təm , especially British  -​ˈfal-​ \

Definition of asphalt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

asphalt

verb
asphalted; asphalting; asphalts

Definition of asphalt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with asphalt : pave sense 1

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Other Words from asphalt

Noun

asphaltic \ as-​ˈfȯl-​tik , especially British  -​ˈfal-​ \ adjective

Examples of asphalt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The material, which looks similar to that used on running tracks, is formed into hollow, lightweight pre-fabricated parts that can be installed in pieces instead of poured like concrete and asphalt. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Netherlands is testing a bike lane made from recycled plastic," 24 Sep. 2018 On hot days, walk dogs on grassy areas rather than asphalt and concrete, which absorb heat and can cause second-degree burns on paw pads. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: How to protect dogs from summer heat stroke," 3 Aug. 2018 According to Domino’s website, Lowell isn’t the first city to take interest in the opportunity to have asphalt paid for by a pizza chain. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Lowell officials want Domino’s Pizza to help pay to fix the city’s potholes," 11 July 2018 The crossing will be closed until July 20 and work will include the removal and replacement of rails, ties, ballast, rubber panels and asphalt, according to Metra. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Repairs to close Chicago Ridge railroad crossing," 9 July 2018 The major proposal is to swap regular asphalt for porous pavement, which is designed to allow water to filter through the road and into the ground. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 The sun was beating down mercilessly, while heat from the asphalt and the brick wall only made things more oven-like. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 Essentially, all of the asphalt and concrete in the urban core traps heat near the ground creating a zone of elevated temperatures. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "NOAA ‘heat island’ campaign to map which areas in D.C. and Baltimore swelter the most," 11 July 2018 In most if not all of those individual cases, tearing up and applying a fresh layer of asphalt came with a price tag in the six- or seven-figure range. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Lake County looks to rejuvenate pavement before wear-and-tear sets in," 6 July 2018

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And asphalt super-late model specials at Slinger, Madison International Speedway in the Town of Rutland and Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A track opener — even a ragged one — is just the cure for a racing fan's spring fever," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of asphalt

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asphalt

Noun

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

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The first known use of asphalt was in the 14th century

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asphalt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of asphalt

: a black substance that is used for making roads

asphalt

noun
as·​phalt | \ˈas-ˌfȯlt \

Kids Definition of asphalt

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

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

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