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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Early complaints about vandalism, blocked sidewalks, and scofflaw riders — while still valid — have since given way to a realization that, hey, these things are kind of fun! Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 Making concrete, which is used for roads, bridges, buildings, runways, sidewalks, and a variety of other infrastructure projects, means combining cement with sand and gravel. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Make Concrete With Trash Instead of Cement," 12 July 2018 Serve is a four-wheeled autonomous robot that’s designed to navigate city sidewalks on its quest to deliver goods to your doorstep. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Postmates’ new autonomous robot wants to deliver your sushi," 17 Dec. 2018 All wheel-lock-only cycles, which can easily block sidewalks or be stolen or vandalized, were supposed to be off the streets by July 1 according to the original permit requirements. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "So long Ofo: Bike-share company is leaving Chicago because of lock requirements," 9 July 2018 Those newer developments aim to break the South End apartment mold of five-story, city block-long boxes, with big parking garages facing the sidewalk. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Retail, restaurants and a boutique hotel are planned for South End," 29 June 2018 Someone had taped up a sign made of deconstructed cardboard boxes along a handrail lining the sidewalk. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Live updates: Melania Trump expected in Arizona for immigration visit," 28 June 2018 Curley said the city hopes to have that filled and the sidewalk along Water done by the end of July or early August. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New Aurora development center up and running," 22 June 2018 Some crossed their arms in an 'X' and stood silent as the crowd walked over a sidewalk nearly completely covered in chalk messages and drawings. Martin Vassolo, Rebecca Ellis And Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "XXXTentacion's great-grandmother mourns him as 'Hercules.' He had no enemies, lawyer says.," 19 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 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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