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 With the dog’s teeth still latched onto his arm, Cattolico grabbed Badr, threw him to the ground and pressed his face into the pavement as rested his knee on Badr’s back, according to the lawsuit. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 The impact sent her flying into the pavement and knocked her unconscious. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 In one case, an officer slammed a young man into the pavement, sending him to the hospital with a brain bleed. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, 8 Nov. 2021 The students were allowed up to two pumpkins; Student Life provided the markers in case anyone wanted to draw pictures or write the names of their enemies to be hurdled into the pavement. Michelle L. Quinn,, 21 Oct. 2021 The truck was still running, and Jake’s cell phone was on the pavement next to it. NBC News, 5 Dec. 2021 After the third shot, Arbery disengaged, stumbled a few feet and collapsed facedown on the pavement, according to video taken by Bryan that captured part of the tragic slaying. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2021 McClory then activated the Jeep’s floodlights and drove in circles in the private lot, causing safety concerns for the children waiting and playing on the pavement, according to police., 13 Nov. 2021 Growing up in Milwaukee, Dontae Luttrell spent a lot of time outside bike-riding, skateboarding and scooter-riding — activities that could be done on pavement. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2021

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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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“Pavement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pavement

: 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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