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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Vehicles should only be operated on sidewalks when leaving or accessing a parking location. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Look out, Bird and Lime. 5 more dockless scooters are licensed in Louisville," 20 June 2019 Shortly after daybreak, the police had asked for cooperation in clearing the road but said the protesters could stay on the sidewalks. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police clear streets as protesters move to park," 17 June 2019 Walking through Mid-Market today, one is almost guaranteed to see open-air drug dealing, hear the yelling of mentally disturbed homeless vagrants, and smell urine on the sidewalks. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 For example, both companies are developing autonomous ground robots that drive on sidewalks to deliver packages in neighborhoods. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "FedEx dumps Amazon from air cargo service as rivalry grows," 7 June 2019 There have been no vehicles on the roads, no people on the sidewalks. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 At worst, people scooting and cycling on sidewalks. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Though the companies have pleased many micro-transit enthusiasts, others see them as toys or trash strewn on sidewalks. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Scooters also have been found parked illegally, including in the middle of sidewalks, on The 606 and far outside the designated area for the pilot program, such as at Union Station, and by the Thompson Center in the Loop. Mary Wisniewski,, "Lots of rides but broken rules: Chicago’s scooter pilot gets off to a rough start," 27 June 2019

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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 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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