side·​walk | \ ˈsīd-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sidewalk (audio) \

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.

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Though Lawrence is partial to a volumized set of disco curls, previously showing off her affinity for the beachy texture on red carpets and sidewalks alike, her latest lightly tousled waves were finished with a distinctly bridal polish. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes the Bridal Blowout for a Spin in New York," 7 Feb. 2019 After all, concrete is made up of the same material found in sidewalks. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 South Beach denizens know Crenshaw as a street artist who paints colorful canvases along sidewalks, according to The Miami Herald. Johnny Diaz,, "Armless street artist stabbed Chicago tourist in Miami Beach, police say," 12 July 2018 Ponsonby is lined with funky cocktail spots, cool boutiques, charming coffee shops, shmancy art galleries and restaurants, and pretty young things wandering the sidewalks. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of sidewalk

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sidewalk was in 1739

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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 How to pronounce sidewalk (audio) \

Kids Definition of sidewalk

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

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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