the tarmac


: the area covered by pavement at an airport

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its engines were running like mad, but for once — and for much too long — it was stuck on the tarmac. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2023 In New York City, Heather Allen, 32, was watching a movie on her plane and still on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport when she and other passengers were told to get off the Delta Airlines flight. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2023 But Ukrainian border guards put up stiff resistance at the airport, buying time for the 44th Artillery Brigade and its sister unit to aim their guns at Russian positions on the tarmac and in airport buildings and hangars. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2022 When their plane touched down in the early hours of Tuesday at the international airport, Messi didn’t greet Interior Minister Eduardo de Pedro, who was waiting for the team on the tarmac. Juan Pablo Spinetto,, 20 Dec. 2022 Oleksii bolted across the tarmac in the dark as the first Russian missiles landed, clambered into his Su-27 fighter jet and took off just as buildings across the airfield began to explode. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 Later in the video, Griner is seen exiting the plane in the United Arab Emirates and passing Bout on the tarmac. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2022 On Monday, November 7, a leash-tightening square between social butterfly Venus and repressive Saturn in your persnickety sixth house might pull you out of the dreamy clouds and back onto the tarmac. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 13 Nov. 2022 Falconer Stefano Negri works with Lady, a Harris’ hawk, to scare pigeons, ducks, herons, and other birds from the tarmac. Avedis Hadjian, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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“The tarmac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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