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.

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Scooter riders could be penalized for riding on sidewalks, as is forbidden in current city code. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis scooters: What the proposed regulations could mean," 13 July 2018 If the City Council establishes a district, the agency could spend new property tax revenue caused by growth to clean up contamination and add infrastructure like sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 On the sidewalk outside the office was the menu board from a pizza parlor. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 Lime said its service, which lets customers rent scooters scattered around cities and leave them on the sidewalk for the next person to pick up, is available in more than 70 markets in the U.S. and Europe. Eric Newcomer And Brad Stone,, "Uber will rent scooters through its app in partnership with Lime," 9 July 2018 Additionally, sidewalks on the southside of Brook Hollow Parkway are complete along the entire expanse from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Indian Trail Road. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Pedestrian bridge, sidewalks enhance safety on Brook Hollow Parkway," 3 July 2018 Except the sidewalks are empty and the streets as wide as rivers. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 There were no paved streets, there were no sidewalks. Abigail Abrams, Time, "'I’m Getting Darn Good at Uphill Battles.' Lupe Valdez Could Be Texas’ First Openly Gay, Latina Governor," 25 May 2018 After a whirlwind week in the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival, Kendall Jenner is back on American soil, specifically the sidewalks of New York. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Makes a Patriotic Street Style Statement, Just In Time for Memorial Day," 22 May 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

: 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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