pave·​ment | \ ˈpāv-mənt How to pronounce pavement (audio) \

Definition of pavement

1 : a paved surface: such as
a : the artificially covered surface of a public thoroughfare
b chiefly British : sidewalk
2 : the material with which something is paved
3 : something that suggests a pavement (as in flatness, hardness, and extent of surface)

Examples of pavement in a Sentence

He stopped the car just off the pavement. The summer heat rose off the pavement.

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The top layer of pavement will be anti-skid asphalt to reduce crashes on the Santa Cruz County side. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Water leak on Highway 101 getting fixed Monday: Roadshow," 25 Aug. 2019 But now cities are taking the plunge, courting new development and swaddling long stretches of pavement with dense housing. Rachel Swan,, "East Bay cities look to reinvent and reinvigorate aging, car-oriented corridors," 27 July 2019 Crews will grind and pave 2.82 lane miles of pavement., "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Morrison Bridge closed to all traffic for two weekends," 18 July 2019 Truckers make detours just to avoid bad stretches of pavement. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: New gas taxes are needed; here’s why," 14 July 2019 Bicycles will not be allowed in the construction zone, because of the narrow lane widths and the poor condition of the pavement near the gutter. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get ready for repaving of Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay," 8 July 2019 No injuries were reported when United Flight 627 -- which originated in Denver -- landed at 1 p.m. on Runway 22 Left and then skidded off to the left side of the pavement, according to the FAA. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "United Airlines flight skids off runway at Newark Liberty International Airport," 15 June 2019 One of the country’s most iconic strips of pavement was filled with girls in pony tails and No. 9 Mia Hamm jerseys. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s soccer’s journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, countless acres of urban pavement have replaced absorbent soil. Boyce Upholt, Time, "The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of pavement

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pavement

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pavimentum, from pavire

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English Language Learners Definition of pavement

US : the hard surface of a road, driveway, etc.


pave·​ment | \ ˈpāv-mənt How to pronounce pavement (audio) \

Kids Definition of pavement

1 : a hard surface of concrete or asphalt
2 : material used in making a hard surface

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