macadamize

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

Definition of macadamize

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

First Known Use of macadamize

1824, in the meaning defined above

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