black·​top | \ ˈblak-ˌtäp How to pronounce blacktop (audio) \

Definition of blacktop

: a bituminous material used especially for surfacing roads also : a surface paved with blacktop

Other Words from blacktop

blacktop transitive verb

Examples of blacktop in a Sentence

road crews laying down blacktop
Recent Examples on the Web Before the flood, a blacktop road ran through much of the community. Rick Childress, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 During the eight-hour drive inland from Dakar to the northern town of Podor, the blacktop road crosses an ocean of crunchy sand. Jori Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 One by one, the seven Samuels siblings and their parents, Shanda and Qwanzi Samuels Sr., stumble out and make their way up a hill adjacent to the blacktop. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 30 June 2022 The blacktop is painted to mimic city roads and parking lots. John Benson, cleveland, 1 June 2022 Racist redlining, zoning and spending policies brought more blacktop and pollution and fewer green spaces. New York Times, 28 May 2022 Blueberries and red plums on the nose, as well as some blacktop and granite minerality. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The Cougars made it to the playoffs despite losing their on-campus softball field to construction, forcing the team to practice on the blacktop and play at a nearby park. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 In court filings this week, before the settlement was reached, city lawyers continued disputing how things unfolded, saying Aguirre’s head landed on the foot of officer Morgan, not directly on the blacktop. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blacktop

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blacktop was in 1917

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17 Aug 2022

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“Blacktop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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black·​top | \ ˈblak-ˌtäp How to pronounce blacktop (audio) \

Kids Definition of blacktop

: a black material used especially to pave roads

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Nglish: Translation of blacktop for Spanish Speakers


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