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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The risk is that a Democratic Congress would work with President Trump to impose price controls on prescription drugs, which is pavement on the road to single payer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018 At exactly the wrong time in exactly the wrong place, an elk stepped onto the pavement in an effort to get somewhere else. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 2018 Savannah Sexton was knocked backward onto the pavement of a parking lot at the Hudson Apartment Homes, near Truman Road and Cunningham Avenue. Max Londberg And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "KC-area woman sucker punched by stranger on camera. She fears it was part of a game," 11 July 2018 The Idaho Transportation Department says a contractor sealing pavement on Interstate 84 when a crash killed four people correctly followed a safety plan developed under federal guidelines. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 Leftover clutter from the previous fall also gets flattened onto the pavement or into the shoulders. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Ahead of Earth Day, Central Connecticut Groups Offer Volunteer Park, Trail Cleanups," 13 Apr. 2018 There have been dozens of complaints filed with construction project managers about the uneven pavement on I-95. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Why is I-95 so uneven? | Traffic Q&A," 4 Apr. 2018 The officer fired several more times, hitting Saavedra, who then fell onto the pavement. CBS News, "Dramatic video shows gun-wielding Texas driver shot dead by officer," 31 Mar. 2018 Blood leaked through the truck’s closed tailgate, dripping onto the pavement. Jill Langlois,, "In Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, one trauma center has become known as the war hospital," 23 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

: 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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