un·​paved ˌən-ˈpāvd How to pronounce unpaved (audio)
: not covered with a firm, level surface of asphalt, concrete, etc. : not paved
an unpaved road

Examples of unpaved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The boy who’d grown up on an unpaved alley in a New Orleans neighborhood so rough it was called The Battlefield now owned properties not just in New York, but in Accra, Ghana, and Las Vegas. Larry Tye, Fortune, 4 May 2024 There are a few campgrounds, trails and unpaved roads, but no services (such as gas, water, food and, usually, cell). Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Because wind farms are typically built in remote locations, the plane will also be capable of landing on short, unpaved airstrips. Justin Worland, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Boston, the city expected to receive the worst conditions, received about 3.4 inches, according to AccuWeather, with accumulation mostly on unpaved surfaces. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Heavier trunks are also much more difficult to wheel, especially on unpaved terrain. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 Sep. 2023 One of them is Shelf Road Trail, an unpaved 3.5-mile trail that passes through the orchards and includes an incredibly scenic viewpoint with panoramic vistas of Ojai Valley. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2024 Other sources of particle pollution include unpaved roads, construction sites and wildfire smoke, like the spate of unhealthy air days Michiganders experienced in the summer of 2023 when Canadian wildfires darkened Detroit's skyline. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2024 Primarily in Districts 2, 4 and 8 but also in areas spread across the entire city, the roads range from partially paved to completely unpaved dirt. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpaved was circa 1533

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“Unpaved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpaved. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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