pave·​ment | \ˈpāv-mənt \

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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Zottola could be seen rolling on the pavement in an attempt to avoid the bullets. Fox News, "Shocking video shows attempted hit on son of Bonanno crime family associate," 13 July 2018 Expecting something more celebratory, Luce was shocked by the final work, which depicts the young woman in mid-fall from the window of her Central Park South apartment building — and also, in the same image, dead and bleeding on the pavement. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018 According to Daytona Beach police, 25-year-old Ryan Nihart picked up the man who was dressed as a Minion, spun him around and dropped him on the pavement on Sunday evening. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Florida man body slams partially blind man in a Minion costume in a ‘prank’ gone wrong," 11 July 2018 Officials rank the roads using a pavement condition index and also spot-check roadways to see which are in the worst state based on criteria including cracks and the number of vehicles using the road. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County to fund $20 million in road, sidewalk, traffic improvements," 13 July 2018 Other work on the Atlantic Avenue interchange will include: — Widening the northbound entrance ramp from Atlantic Avenue. — Adding guardrails, signs, lights, pavement markings and electronic display signs for safety. Marci Shatzman,, "Turbo lane expected to ease tie-ups at I-95 and Atlantic Avenue," 13 July 2018 Work on the bridges includes pavement patching, bridge joint replacement and repairs to the bridge deck, beams, piers and girders. Kimberly Fornek,, "Oak Street Bridge and Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale to close for construction," 12 July 2018 In late July, pavement repair on two ramps at the Winfield Road interchange are scheduled over two weekends. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 One of the busiest stretches of highway in North Fulton County will see rolling lane closures the week of July 9 as county crews make pavement repairs to Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell from Ga. 400 to the Chattahoochee River. David Ibata, ajc, "Holcomb Bridge in Roswell to see lane closures," 30 June 2018

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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

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


pave·​ment | \ˈpāv-mənt \

Kids Definition of pavement

1 : a hard surface of concrete or asphalt

2 : material used in making a hard surface

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