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
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.
Replacing forests and fields with asphalt and roofing prevents rain from naturally filtering into the ground.
The initial, and most obvious, idea was that this was a predator trap like the La Brea asphalt seeps.
The explosion punched a huge hole in the street, damaged two nearby hotels and covered parked cars in dust, asphalt and other debris.
The grand plan hinged on a barren patch of asphalt used to park cars during Mets games.
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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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