macadamize

verb

mac·​ad·​am·​ize mə-ˈka-də-ˌmīz How to pronounce macadamize (audio)
macadamized; macadamizing

transitive verb

: to construct or finish (a road) by compacting into a solid mass a layer of small broken stone on a convex well-drained roadbed and using a binder (such as cement or asphalt) for the mass

Word History

Etymology

macadam + -ize

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macadamize was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Macadamize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macadamize. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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