tar·mac | \ˈtär-ˌmak \

Definition of tarmac 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a tarmacadam road, apron, or runway



Definition of Tarmac (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a bituminous binder for roads

Examples of tarmac in a Sentence

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Decked in his aviation gear and holding his helmet, Cruise gazed across the tarmac at a F-14 Tomcat (Maverick’s plane of choice in the original film). Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Miles Teller Set to Play Goose's Son Opposite Tom Cruise in the Top Gun Sequel," 3 July 2018 In a video of the incident, the Airbus is seen taxing across the tarmac when its wing crashes into the tail of a parked Turkish Airlines A321 jet. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Plane carrying 222 passengers crashes into jet on runway, slices off tail," 14 May 2018 All three walked across the tarmac in Pyongyang before boarding, and off a medical plane upon their arrival in the U.S. Feliz Solomon, Time, "Who Are the Three Americans That Have Been Released by North Korea?," 10 May 2018 Riders were enjoying a calm sunny afternoon until a pileup near the front of the peloton with just over 5K left that sent several riders to the tarmac. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4," 10 July 2018 McClellan keeps 100,000 gallons of it stockpiled in rows of hulking, black and white plastic bags adjacent to the tarmac. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Seen those tankers above Sacramento? The low-down on Cal Fire's biggest base at McClellan," 3 July 2018 The officer was knocked off the conveyor belt onto the tarmac, injuring his elbow and knee in the fall. Author: Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, "Togiak man arrested after trying to climb into airplane cargo hold in Dillingham," 9 July 2018 And after word leaked out that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton had met on an airport tarmac in late June, Republicans claimed the fix was in. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The long-awaited inspector general report on the FBI, Comey, Clinton, and 2016, explained," 14 June 2018 During the initial email probe, Lynch privately met with former President Bill Clinton on an airplane tarmac in Arizona. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "The Inspector General's Report Criticizes James Comey. Here's What You Need to Know," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of tarmac


1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarmac


from Tarmac, a trademark

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English Language Learners Definition of Tarmac

—used for a paving material made of layers of crushed stone covered with tar

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