Definition of tarmac
: a tarmacadam road, apron, or runway
Recent Examples of tarmac from the Web
Mr. Xi said Thursday in a speech from the tarmac at Hong Kong’s airport, shortly after arriving for a three-day stay.
A Gulfstream jet thundered onto a tarmac in Cincinnati late Tuesday night, and his family went on board to see him, at last, before he was carried out and rushed to the hospital.
Comey in part cited then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton -- the husband of the subject of the investigation -- which Comey said concerned him.
The gunman was caught in 85 seconds, but unfounded fears of additional shooters sent 12,000 travelers stampeding through doors onto sidewalks and the tarmac, where they were stranded for hours with little food or water.
Ayd tells The Sun the plane was a smaller model aircraft, such as those that are boarded via stairs on the tarmac.
On a select number of flights landing at Sacramento International Airport, customers can choose to depart through the forward door as usual or through the back door via stairs down to the tarmac, the company said Tuesday.
The men were given a 10-day training course on the tarmac of the Mosul airport before being sent to the front.
Another traveler, PR executive Melissa Davis, said she was held for more than an hour and a half on the tarmac at Heathrow aboard a BA flight arriving from Belfast.
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Origin and Etymology of tarmac
from Tarmac, a trademark
First Known Use: 1919See Words from the same year
Definition of Tarmac
—used for a bituminous binder for roads
TARMAC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of Tarmac for English Language Learners
—used for a paving material made of layers of crushed stone covered with tar
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