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.
Recent Examples on the Web The oil leaked from Water Gremlin’s filtration equipment, and was found on the pavement outside the building. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Officials hit Water Gremlin — again — with new round of pollution charges," 6 Nov. 2019 Kathy McCallum has said her husband was trying to break up a fight when he was hit in the head and fell backward, fracturing his skull on the pavement., "2 men facing charges in connection with death that followed fight outside Quincy American Legion - The Boston Globe," 6 Nov. 2019 Brown slid up the passenger side of the car’s hood and shattered the windshield before landing on the pavement, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Man charged in hit-run that killed father of 8," 29 Oct. 2019 Officer Michael Gentil pulled over, pointed his gun at the pedestrian and ordered him facedown on the pavement. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Woman fatally shot Wednesday morning in Washington Highlands, D.C. police say," 16 Oct. 2019 Back in 2003, people living along 85 in Saratoga, Campbell and Cupertino were upset at the freeway noise, so the VTA spent $9 million to micro-grind the road, producing a corduroy-like surface on the pavement with grooves. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Some new tires remain a problem on Highway 85: Roadshow," 9 Sep. 2019 Chastain celebrated by carrying a watermelon to Daytona's start-finish line and smashing it on the pavement. Jenna Fryer,, "Ross Chastain leads Daytona Xfinity sweep for Kaulig Racing," 6 July 2019 Right there on the pavement, just two blocks from home. Heather Knight,, "Scared for her own safety, SF mother whose son was slain gets caught in housing nightmare," 14 Sep. 2019 Video of the incident shows Ames lying on the pavement as an officer handcuffed him and then pressed him up against a police car while one leg was kicked out by another officer. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Dravon Ames arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, say DPS officials," 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of pavement was in the 13th century

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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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