sub·​grade | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrād How to pronounce subgrade (audio) \

Definition of subgrade

: a surface of earth or rock leveled off to receive a foundation (as of a road)

Examples of subgrade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Water flows through the cracks in a street and weaken the gravel base layer and the ground, called the subgrade. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 17 Feb. 2021 Center Ridge Road, west of Jaycox Road: · Crews will continue grading the subgrade, filling in with 304 stone, and installing underdrain. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2020 Resurfacing projects seal the surface to prevent rain water from reaching the base course and the subgrade and degrading those materials. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of subgrade

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Subgrade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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