un·​paved | \ ˌən-ˈpāvd How to pronounce unpaved (audio) \

Definition of unpaved

: not covered with a firm, level surface of asphalt, concrete, etc. : not paved an unpaved road

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In Africa, there are many unpaved roads that tend to cause delays in the transportation of goods. Japan News-yomiuri, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Technological innovations will boost Africa’s growth," 22 Aug. 2019 Reaching this vista required veering up onto a dusty, unpaved road that is often unpassable during the winter except by horse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 Adventurous drivers can test their mettle on the rough, unpaved road that leads out to Sublime Point, 18 miles (28.9 km) west of the village. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Canyon National Park," 15 Mar. 2019 At last, on the third morning of the 500-mile trek, the hearse turned alone onto an unpaved desert highway toward the eerie shores of Lake Mungo, which despite its name has been a dry moonscape for the past 16,000 years. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 On an unpaved surface, the wheels could have sunk into the ground and risked flipping the aircraft. Alex Davies, WIRED, "How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield," 16 Aug. 2019 The 458-mile unpaved, gravel highway crosses the Arctic Circle and ends in Inuvik, connecting to the ITH. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Highway to the Arctic Ocean Is Canada's Coolest Road Trip," 13 June 2019 But roads are still unpaved, construction is slow, and residents often cycle out, leaving behind the hardliners, the retirees, and the destitute. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 The audit included photos of the current state of the road: unpaved and in bad shape. miamiherald, "Haiti president accused of embezzlement scheme in government audit of Venezuela aid money," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of unpaved

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unpaved

chiefly US : not covered with a hard, smooth surface : not paved

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