Definition of asphalt
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
asphalticplay \as-ˈfȯl-tik, especially British -ˈfal-\ adjective
Recent Examples of asphalt from the Web
Most of the Africans dotted across the asphalt in tents or sprawled on mattresses in the enervating heat of a Roman summer have no permission to be there either.
Permeable pavers, an environmentally-friendly alternative to asphalt, help absorb storm water run-off and prevent flooding, officials said.
A Runner’s Circle: Avid asphalt pounders are repeat customers at this runner’s idyll in the Fairfax District (and in Atwater Village).
All of the asphalt has fallen into the sinkhole, officials said.
Stabilizing the soil is next in line to ready the area for stone and ultimately asphalt.
Developers can continue to build asphalt cul-de-sacs in Overland Park — at least for the time being.
FDR rebuilds worn out asphalt pavement by recycling the existing roadway.
Because there’s no naturally occurring asphalt at the La Brea station site, ancient mementos pulled from its sedimentary layers will eventually wind up at the Natural History Museum.
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Origin and Etymology of asphalt
Middle English aspalt, from Late Latin aspaltus, from Greek asphaltos
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of asphalt
: to cover with asphalt : pave 1
First Known Use of asphalt
ASPHALT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of asphalt for English Language Learners
: a black substance that is used for making roads
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Definition of asphalt for Students
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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