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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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 The 1,754-acre escape is the nation’s third-oldest national park and offers up a wide variety of dirt and blacktop pathways for runners of all abilities. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The 9 Most Scenic Urban Running Trails," 9 July 2018 Rather than demanding more blacktop when it is not needed, the city allows a petitioner to land bank the parking spaces. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Beachwood Planning Commission approves new building; sets special meeting for schools' plan," 27 Apr. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice Imagine going to your local park and seeing former NBA players go at it on the blacktop in a pickup game. Parth Upadhyaya, Houston Chronicle, "Return to court for BIG3 fuels players’ NBA memories, competitive fire," 22 June 2018 The 25-mile stretch of western Maine blacktop between Maine Turnpike Exit 63 in Gray and the unfortunate strip mall in South Paris is largely rural, intensely green, and blessedly quiet. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 During the colder months, customers shop indoors; in the warmer months, sellers stake out spots outdoors on the blacktop inside the gates that surround the building. Darcel Rockett,, "'Tattoos and Tiffanys': Randolph Street Market turns 15," 24 May 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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