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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Examples of blacktop in a Sentence

road crews laying down blacktop
Recent Examples on the Web Sergine eyed some men gathering by a fence in the opposite corner of the blacktop. Washington Post, "The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.," 6 June 2020 Those few hours on the blacktop or hardwood are often an important release for people juggling the demands of work and parenthood. Connor Letourneau,, "SF’s Miraloma among storied playground hoops hotspots idled by coronavirus," 8 May 2020 The housing complex of 16 apartments looks out onto cracked blacktop, a threadbare place on a dead-end street. Evan Allen,, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 The only clues along Dr. Bottero Road are a handful of highway-orange construction barrels and a web of cracks in the asphalt — remnants of winter storms that erode the earth right out from under the roadway, the blacktop cracking and collapsing., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 The University of Oakland's court features a blacktop shaded design that emulates an outdoor court. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Bold designs, local flavor help take college basketball court designs to the next level," 26 Feb. 2020 The event will be located on the lower level of Coventry PEACE Campus, off of the blacktop area across from the lower playground area. cleveland, "Annual Pancake Breakfast with the Birds at Shaker Nature Center is Feb. 29: Press Run," 14 Feb. 2020 County Road JJ, where the school bus accident occurred, will get new blacktop. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads," 18 Feb. 2020 Pacific Northwest weather in January isn’t exactly conducive to paving, berm construction or blacktop installation. oregonlive, "Portland Tuesday traffic: Drivers see commuting delays, even in construction’s quiet season," 21 Jan. 2020

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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 Jun 2020

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“Blacktop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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