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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And there is also a lot of hydraulic pavement, typical of Catalonia. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Photo: thomas urbain/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Cortlandt Street station was damaged when the World Trade Center towers crashed through the pavement in 2001, collapsing tunnels and severing subway communications equipment. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Subway Station Damaged on 9/11 Reopens 17 Years After Attacks," 9 Sep. 2018 The money will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027, the state agency reported. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 Orange traffic cones will be popping up along 16 miles of Interstate 88 between Oak Brook and Naperville as repair work on pavement, ramps and bridges gets under way this week and continues through the end of the year. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 The major proposal is to swap regular asphalt for porous pavement, which is designed to allow water to filter through the road and into the ground. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 Here, shop the best pairs to wear everywhere from the pavement to the playa. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Let’s Hear It for the Return of the Non-Fashion Flip-Flop," 20 June 2018 In a gallery posted by TMZ, a chalk portrait of X with a halo is drawn on the pavement, along with loving messages and candles. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Fans Create Memorial at Florida Shooting Scene," 19 June 2018 Duranne’s injuries also were serious — five separate fractures to a single foot, a torn knee ligament, a broken nose and burns from the pavement to his face and hands. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "A pickup truck barreled down on this D.C. officer, leaving him with 37 broken bones," 28 Mar. 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

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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