side·​walk | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯk \

Definition of sidewalk

: a usually paved walk for pedestrians at the side of a street

Examples of sidewalk in a Sentence

Bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalk.

Recent Examples on the Web

The sidewalks bore circular marks from cleaning equipment that scrubbed the blood away. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "She's 6, 'a bright, happy little girl.' Stabbed in Boise. Her brother and mother too.," 2 July 2018 Their recommendations include: Routing buses onto Brooklyn Avenue Northeast. Widening sidewalks on Northeast 45th, 43rd and 42nd streets to accommodate pedestrians coming and going from the station. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 The far-right rallygoers marched in the middle of the street, surrounded by a phalanx of police, while counter-protesters heckled them from the sidewalks on either side. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'Unite the Right' march triggers tension, Antifa clashes, hundreds of counterprotesters," 13 Aug. 2018 The two girls were riding south on West on a sidewalk on the east side of West crossing 1st, police said in a news release. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst police car strikes 14-year-old bicyclists," 2 July 2018 The existing water mains will be abandoned in place and the new water mains will be located beneath streets within the public right-of-way and away from utilities commonly located beneath sidewalks on parkways, officials said. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way Marching Band set for Mokena July 4 parade," 28 June 2018 The other fatal incidents include: A 26-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk on the city’s South Side Sunday when an unknown assailant approached and fired several shots The victim, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead on the scene. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Another bloody weekend in Chicago: 9 dead, 45 wounded in gun violence," 18 June 2018 Shattered glass from a recent car break-in remains on the sidewalk on Bay Street near Kearny Street in San Francisco. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Prop. 47 is linked to increase in auto thefts, study says," 12 June 2018 Observer archives To get to uptown, users have to leave the Rail Trail and go along a narrow sidewalk on Morehead Street, then take a bridge over I-277 alongside whooshing traffic. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's Charlotte's plan to close a frustrating gap between South End and uptown," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of sidewalk

1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sidewalk

US : a usually concrete path along the side of a street for people to walk on


side·​walk | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯk \

Kids Definition of sidewalk

: a usually paved walk at the side of a street or road

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