pav·​ing | \ ˈpā-viŋ How to pronounce paving (audio) \

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The driveway was covered with concrete paving. They had to break up the paving to lay a new gas line.
Recent Examples on the Web Shaker also stands to save a potential $94,000 by combining previously separate paving and streetscape improvement projects along Warrensville Center Road, with the work set to begin next spring. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker Heights OKs expansion of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner School for Autism in Plymouth Church," 10 Nov. 2020 Other, more quotidian development projects have also gone ahead, including the paving of hundreds of miles of highways — an accomplishment in a province where, before 2015, only 140 miles had been paved. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Yemen is collapsing. That may be its salvation," 15 Dec. 2020 After the governor of Tocantins closed all the parks in March, Jalapão reopened in October with the announcement that new investments would enable the paving of 31 miles (50 kilometers) of road connecting the towns of Ponte Alta and São Felix. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel, "The paradise in Brazil you don’t know—yet," 10 Dec. 2020 The thwack of heat from a paving of black pepper on the pork ribs balances their meaty excess. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The 101: These L.A. takeout pop-ups are meeting the moment and forging a future," 8 Dec. 2020 The paving for this project will include a new left-turn and deceleration lane on Md. 27, along with wider shoulders. Penelope Blackwell,, "SHA completes Md. 32 widening project in Sykesville; Md. 27 paving to begin in Mount Airy," 2 Nov. 2020 That work includes light rail car manufacturing, bridge work, stormwater drainage, paving, utility and pump station construction, according to the state department of transportation. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland to pay $250 million to settle Purple Line disputes, replace construction contractor," 24 Nov. 2020 Most Chinese cities, for example, have tactile paving designed to guide the blind lining sidewalks along major streets -- as required by a law passed in 2001. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China has 8 million blind people, but only 200 guide dogs," 23 Nov. 2020 This year as the pandemic hit, the Trump administration tried again, this time by pushing for $1 trillion in spending over 10 years for surface paving by reauthorizing the $305 billion-a-year FAST Act, which was set to expire on Sept. 30. cleveland, "Coronavirus has dominated the election. But what happens on the other important issues if Biden or Trump wins? Analysis," 25 Oct. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Paving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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