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

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blacktop transitive verb

Examples of blacktop in a Sentence

road crews laying down blacktop

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The material also must form an airtight seal, and flow at temperatures from scorching desert blacktop to a frigid winter night. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Ford Explorer's new tires fix themselves, representing a coming trend for drivers," 29 June 2019 Matteo Marchi/Getty Images JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the greatest players in basketball drove down a narrow strip of blacktop called No More Victims Road. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help.," 30 June 2019 The seniors gathered in a classroom before walking to the campus blacktop to address the current students. Lilly Nguyen,, "Sonora Elementary School salutes alumni as they graduate from high school," 19 June 2019 Think about it this way: while Curry might not be most feared guy on the blacktop, there’s not a single player in the NBA the Warriors would trade Curry for. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Warriors 3 Things: Don’t underrate Steph Curry’s greatness again," 6 June 2019 In the final week of May, crews finished putting blacktop on a series of potholes on the section of Dundee Road that runs between the Edens Expressway to the west and Forest Way Drive to the east. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "IDOT patches Dundee Road in Glencoe, but local officials keep up resurfacing push," 4 June 2019 An empty parking lot, students bumbling in and out of an attendance office, children bouncing a ball around a blacktop. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 The mountain holds and emanates heat the way blacktop does. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 In Oregon, the loneliest road is U.S. 395, offering mile upon mile of empty blacktop, with rolling greenery on each side. Douglas Perry,, "Want to take Oregon's 'quietest' scenic route? Data shows U.S. 395 is the place for pure driving zen," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of blacktop

chiefly US
: black material that is used for making roads
: a surface that is covered with blacktop


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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