pav·​ing | \ˈpā-viŋ \

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Examples of paving in a Sentence

The driveway was covered with concrete paving. They had to break up the paving to lay a new gas line.

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The new paving technology improved the travel times but not necessarily the overall experience. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Miseries of Travel," 20 Sep. 2018 Today, the house is getting new roofs, and the centuries-old paving stones are being re-laid in the courtyard. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018 Tom Briggs, SHA construction area engineer for Harford County, told the mayor and City Council that all work except final paving was expected to be done by the end of the year. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Route 22 work delays continue in Aberdeen; business owners want answers," 13 Mar. 2018 By February 1903, Boise’s wood-block paving was deteriorating badly, and critics were appearing at council meetings to complain about its condition. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "A street paved with wood? Yes, Boise once had that.," 30 June 2018 Town Council members on July 9 approved conducting a public hearing at 7 p.m. July 23 regarding the $50,000 appropriation from the fund expected to be needed pay for replacement paving. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Highland expected to tap funds for downtown street repairs," 12 July 2018 July 19 and 20 are tentative paving dates and will be done overnight. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Work Continues On Park Road/ I-84, Local Road Projects Continue Through July," 20 June 2018 Basic services -- road paving, trash pickup and policing -- have been the cornerstone of Mayor John Cranley's two mayoral campaigns. Sharon Coolidge,, "Stinky Cincinnati summer ahead? The city might not pick up your trash on time," 19 June 2018 Caltrans said work is planned to replace concrete paving and to do other improvements from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays throughout the summer. Karen Kucher,, "Drivers should expect lanes closures on I-5, I-805 in South County until the fall," 11 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paving

: material (such as stone, tar, or concrete) that is used to form the hard surface of a road, driveway, etc.

: the hard surface of a road, driveway, etc.


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