un·​paved | \ˌən-ˈpāvd \

Definition of unpaved 

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

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In fact, strangely enough, winter is the best season to travel the unpaved road, when the frozen surface makes for safer driving. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Awe-Inspiring Roads Around the World," 19 Oct. 2010 Runners can connect paved and unpaved segments, taking in wildlife and water in any direction. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The 9 Most Scenic Urban Running Trails," 9 July 2018 The park features paved and unpaved bike and walking/running trails, picnic facilities, pavilions, toilets and water fountains. Ingrid Wilgen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s parks offer outdoor fun," 11 June 2018 Spanning about 47 miles, this is multi-use trail, both paved and unpaved. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Union County: The draw of Lake Butler," 15 May 2018 Roads in the region are unpaved and infrastructure is poor. Time, "Congo Confirms Six New Ebola Virus Cases as Vaccination Efforts Get Underway," 23 May 2018 And taking a walk to the Nostalgia boutique would be quite gross, because Main Street was known as Polecat Hollow, an unpaved byway for animal waste. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "No, those weren’t the good old days. A rant about ‘homos’ aimed at a kid reminds us why.," 24 May 2018 On day two, there were several miles on unpaved roads, which the all-wheel drive I-Pace took in stride. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget about that Tesla—the Jaguar I-Pace is the most compelling EV yet," 14 June 2018 The unpaved paths in the children’s village are far from wheelchair friendly. New York Times, "One Family’s Toll on a Cruel Day: 7 Children With Amputated Legs," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of unpaved

circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

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