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asphalt

noun as·phalt \ ˈas-ˌfȯlt also ˈash- , especially British -ˌfalt \
variants: or less commonly asphaltum play \as-ˈfȯl-təm, especially British -ˈfal-\
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

asphaltic

play \as-ˈfȯl-tik, especially British -ˈfal-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of asphalt

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

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asphalt

verb

Definition of asphalt

transitive verb
:to cover with asphalt :pave 1

First Known Use of asphalt

1841

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ASPHALT Defined for English Language Learners

asphalt

noun

Definition of asphalt for English Language Learners

  • : a black substance that is used for making roads


ASPHALT Defined for Kids

asphalt

noun as·phalt \ ˈas-ˌfȯlt \

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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