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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As New Yorkers dug out their driveways and sidewalks Thursday morning, many New Englanders woke up confused that only a coating of snow had dusted their pavement. Felicia Gans,, "Here’s why the forecast changed so fast," 22 Mar. 2018 Clooney, 57, flew high above the car before crashing down to the pavement on the driver’s side. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Driver involved in George Clooney's Italy motorbike accident blames sun in his eyes for lane change," 13 July 2018 Here's what happens to pavement during these extreme temperature changes. Joe Taschler And James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dangerous heat arrives in Wisconsin; heat index tops 106 in Milwaukee, 114 in LaCrosse," 29 June 2018 Beware of narrow road shoulders that in some places have forests right next to the pavement. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 This past week, outside of the men’s shows in Milan, French journalist turned Instagram sensation Sophie Fontanel, known for her quirky mirror selfies, put her flops to the pavement. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Let’s Hear It for the Return of the Non-Fashion Flip-Flop," 20 June 2018 The three men fell to the pavement, and, with the help of a third officer, Ohene was pinned to the ground. Meghan E. Irons,, "Cambridge arrest of Harvard student to be reviewed by former state chief justice," 25 May 2018 The two men used special bolts, which can’t be removed with regular tools, to anchor it to the pavement. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The “Cadillac of Mailboxes” Arrives in N.Y.C.," 30 Apr. 2018 Where the lot was dry, there was no indication of damage to the pavement. James Ewinger,, "Headlands Beach State Park flooding closes section of parking lot (photos)," 10 Apr. 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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