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 three officers pinned him against the pavement. Washington Post, "Police were a part of George Floyd’s life from beginning to end, an experience uncommon for most Americans, except other Black men.," 26 Oct. 2020 Turn up the cornering speed, and the tires just bite harder into the pavement, with very little extra steering input required. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2003 Nissan 350Z Returns to Its Roots," 16 Sep. 2020 The officers then pinned him to the ground, one of them keeping a knee on his back and another pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How police departments from New York to Park City use spit hoods after Black man’s death," 4 Sep. 2020 The officers then pinned him to the ground, one of them keeping a knee on his back and another pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes. Michael R. Sisak And Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "Police use of spit hoods scrutinized after Black man's death," 4 Sep. 2020 Prude died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records. Alice Yin,, "Daughter of Daniel Prude speaks out against his death at hands of police: ‘This is unjust and this has happened too many times’," 3 Sep. 2020 Radiant heat melted his wife’s Tesla into the pavement. Rachel Swan,, "Wildfires are an annual California nightmare now. Will they only get worse?," 23 Aug. 2020 As the teenager ran, one of the officers grabbed the 21-year-old from behind, lifted him up and slammed him into the pavement. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "The NYPD Is Withholding Evidence From Investigations Into Police Abuse," 17 Aug. 2020 During a tussle, Brosnan said, he was shocked with the weapon and his head was slammed against the pavement. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Protest updates: Rayshard Brooks' funeral; Seattle to end CHOP zone; protesters try to remove Andrew Jackson statue near White House," 23 June 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pavement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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